Monday, March 30, 2009

Childrens Literature Festival

I recently returned from the Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg Missouri. I was asked to do a workshop with David Harrison ( author of Pirates) we had a great time bantering about how we made the book together. David is a great guy and quite a poet, It was great to hear him read some of the poems he wrote for "Pirates". I also gave presentations to the school groups attending about my other projects and what it is like to be an illustrator.  This is the biggest Festival I have ever attended and it was great to meet so many great authors and illustrators in one place. I signed a bunch of books and met some of my fans, ( what a treat for me) . I look forward to visiting Warrensburg again , if they will have me. Here is a photo of David L. Harrison and me.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Sepulchre

This is a new painting I did for the Ensign magazine. It was a challenge to try to capture the right expression in the characters faces and the gestures that would help tell this story. I like how it turned out. I used my neighbors for the models, When I was doing the photo shoot in my yard, a local contractor stopped by and the expression on his face was priceless. I'm sure they(all my neighbors)  think I'm nuts. I really like the brushwork in this painting, I am always trying to improve that part of my work. 


Wednesday, March 25, 2009


My Pirates book was one of the greatest projects I have ever worked on. I had a great time with the author David L. Harrison working out the details, we collaborated on the book working back and forth creating the sequence of pictures and poems. All  the paintings are digital paintings using photoshop and a wacom tablet.
It is selling well and I can only hope to do more books like this one. check it out on my website,

Ensign Magazine Cover

This is an illustration I did for the Ensign Magazine. Lots of folks have been interested in the image, as a result I am selling prints of the image. If you are interested you can email me and we can work out the details. Thanks to Erin Taylor for modeling for this project she made my job easy.

The White Ox published by Boyds Mills Press

The White Ox is finally finished and published. I started this book in 2003 as a Masters Thesis. It was a long time coming, but in the end I really love how it turned out. The text was written by Ruth Hailstone.  She did a great job. The story is really beautiful and the pictures aren't bad either. Check it out at your favorite book store.