author & illustrator


love my peers

My author & illustrator friends have put together their own It Gets Better video. They speak for us all...I am so proud of them!

the little blue letter

I just worked on a really cool project called The Little Blue Letter. It was a book used to deliver personalized letters to each of the winners of Hopscout's Stay at Home Millionaire job search. The illustration job, commissioned by an even cooler agency, Agency 215, was a fast turn around. I painted 13 panels, and they put together and designed the book in 7 days. In fact, the time frame was so short that I was able to really just set aside life and completely indulge in painting till it was done. I am very proud of the results and secretly thrilled at the high I got from being able to do so. I feel like I should be inserting an academy award style speech here because I really could not have done it without the support of my daughter, friends, my boss, agent and the spectacular team at 215. I'll just simply say thanks!

art for sale

Finally got my Etsy store The Scarlet Pig up and running. I put together (still working on it) a selection of book art and original illustrations. This summer I'll be working on a series of opera bags and a few other fun things related to my children's books. Please be sure to check in with my shop from time to time so you don't miss a thing. All pieces will be unique and a limited run. Once they're gone, they're gone...thanks!

birch lane elementary rocks!

These kids got brains. In a recent letter to the editor, the students made it clear that they love picture books despite what the adults and a recent article in the New York Times say is the new trend. Without putting words in their mouths, please read the full article here. They really made my day and my career worth it. Thanks Birch Lane Elementary!

Please visit and like the facebook page started and supported by a community of children's book authors & illustrators who want to send the love back to the students for speaking up, thanks!

a grand trine...

... of the artistic kind. I was thrilled to have an art installation in the new studio and home of Imagine Ballet Theatre, but even more thrilled to have it during a recent party for United Way of Northern Utah. I made some fantastic connections, met some great folks, had a terrific new drink called Underground (locally distilled even!) and had my three worlds all come together. The show was called "Art in the Raw" where I displayed my illustrations, no framing, clipped to a wire and invited guests to get really close so they could see all the details & paint strokes that are often lost in reproduction. Looking forward to visiting with the Untied Way folks more often in the future.

photo by jamie lampros
for more photos of the event please click here.