Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Yesterday after returning home from a trip to California to spend time with my family for Christmas I received an unexpected Christmas present. A finished copy of my picture book "The Can Man"! Thanks to my editor Louise at Lee and Low Books! It was a genuine surprise as I wasn't expecting my finished copies until February. It looks great and I can hardly wait to get out and start sharing it with others.

It was just July when I sent off the final art. Feels like the book was designed, printed and bound at record speed. Next to first receiving a project, seeing the finished book is a real thrill. Thanks to all at Lee and Low Books in NYC for choosing me for such a wonderful project and of course to Laura E. Williams for starting it all with her beautiful story. I will have information later for anyone interested in buying a copy. It's officially released in March. Now it's time to celebrate. Happy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Christmas Carol 2009

Just before the holidays I wanted to create a new sample to promote my work. I decided to revisit a painting completed way back in 1997 while a student at Cornish College. The subject is the perennial favorite "A Christmas Carol". Here is the older painting...

While I liked the concept behind the original painting I knew that I could execute it better now so I spent the past couple of days completing a brand new painting. I made the hands smaller and changed some things about the crystal ball concept as well has making some color changes. I am really happy with it now. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

By the way I am ending the year on a happy note as I now have a new book deal in the works. Glad that I will be staying busy well into the new year!