Will it ever stop raining?

Working on these two characters right now. 
Definitely influenced by the weather.

Knock Knock

At little something left over from winter.
(pencil and charcoal)

A Little Something for the Band

"A little something for the band."

I created this pencil/watercolor illustration
 to donate to the Danbury High School Marching band
silent auction fundraising event / Notable Night.

Finchosaurus Cover Art

I'm so thrilled to be a part of this project. 

Thank you Melissa Kim and Islandport Press for finding me, and Gail Donovan for creating such a fabulous character and story.

Here are some of the sketches that led up to the final piece.

Lavender Rooms

An old favorite.

(looks a bit like the milkweed pod gal... hmmm)

Juggling Collage

Lots of acorns in the air right now.

Trying some new things.

Inktober 2017

Here are some of my inktober drawings... one of these years I will finish all 31days. 

Learn more about Inktober here

A little sign

This is something I created for the wonderful Dilly Duck Shop down in Norwalk CT. 

They needed a little sign for atop their "Grab and Go" fridge.  
(acrylic on board)

Discover the The Dilly Duck Shop here...

Brinkley Boyd of Weymouth - off to print!

"Brinkley Boyd"

Sent to Printer!

 Our newest release, a children's book entitled "Brinkley Boyd of Weymouth" has been locked in and sent to the printer. The formal release date is Oct. 19th. - Turnberry Press

Petrith Pin - Bookstore Event

"Petrith Pin" at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC

(A little something from Turnberry Press... 
visit to learn more about Petrith)

June 2nd: Author Annie Hallinan read "Petrith Pin: The Wee Bear with the Big Difference" to a young but enthusiastic crowd at the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC. About a dozen children showed up for the Friday morning event and Annie had them laughing and answering questions about "being nice" to new friends. Now available in both hard-bound and soft-bound editions, and available to indy bookstores everywhere.

Hardcover available here

Soft-bound available here

Yellow Pages?

Some nights you just have to tear up the phonebook and leave art on the carpet for someone to discover in the morning.


phonebook man

Grocery Bag art

Working on grocery bags again.

A little pencil, a little acrylic, some ink and collage... and oh yes, the old typewriter.

(Love love love the old typewriter.)

"thank you"


Total Framing - Promotional cards

Total Framing designed this beautiful frame for my sweet giraffe... she will be featured on their summer promotional postcards.

Thank you Terri and Scott!

check them out at

There's something in your hair...

Brinkley Boyd and Vinnie...

Sketching for a new project with Turnberry Press.

Expected publication date - Sept 2017


cat and mouse

(Drawing for upcoming book.. Brinkley Boy of Weymouth.)

Sign Language in art

We would like you to illustrate this single line of text for a double-page spread of a picture book: “Can I keep it?” Interpret in any way you like. Think about expanding and diversifying your portfolio! Anything goes as long as it is kid through teen friendly.

(colored pencil on kraft paper & photoshop, 16" by 10" )

Sign Language fun :)
rabbit - "baby"
girl - "keep"

When illustrating the line of text "Can I keep it?" I really wanted to incorporate my special 
education background with this piece... I have worked with so many children who use alternate and augmentative forms of communication.  I drew the two hands (under the text) separately and shrank them down to layer over the piece using photoshop. (It was quite difficult to find a "clear" set of hands for this particular sign that I could just cut and paste as a font, that is why I decided to draw them myself.)  The little girl is also signing "keep" with a questioning eyes. The story being that this is the first time she is meeting her baby brother, she is asking if she can "keep" him. I decided that her stuffed friend (bunny) had to be in on the act too... so you will notice that his arms are creating the sign for "baby". This was one of my favorite challenge pieces to create.