Surprise, surprise... I needed to paint this guy, every once in a while I just need to paint a pirate, call it a fix or whatever you want. They call to me from some dark place in my head and I have to submit to the itch. Anyway, I like how this painting turned out, I am trying some new brush and mark making techniques, you probably can't tell but it's new to me and I like how it looks. The painting is based on a photo of Alan Moore ( the author) he is scary looking dude and would have made a scary pirate so I turned him into one, the rings are his, the braids and other pirate garb are not. It seems that I see pirates all around me, I think it is time for another Pirate book or something to get this out of my system.
The Friends of the Teton River let me create a poster for their annual river party, I've been doing this for many years and alway enjoy it, the challenge is to come up with something new and a bit different. This is the poster for this summer, I enjoyed painting it, I would as always make a few changes in the painting and probably at some point will but all in all I like it and think it makes a nice poster. I hope you like it as well.
My latest book, just arrived, available at Amazon. It a collection of sonnets accompanied by 10 illustrations by me.
My Home can be a Holy Place
One of my latest books, I really enjoyed working on this book, its important material for families, especially today... I'm not crazy about the cover art, I wish I could do it over...
Missouri center for the book chose Pirates
In October I went to a reception to be honored as the illustrator of Pirates which was chosen by Missouri center for the book to represent their state at the National book festival in Washington DC. You can check it out by clicking on the image above.
Mom's Choice Awards
The Christmas Train is now a National Award winning book? Deseret Book submitted it to the Mom's Choice Awards and it won Gold, which is the highest award. Fantastic... I'm just happy to have been involved with the project. Check it out here
The Texas Library Association book signing
COWBOYS Book signing
I'm headed to Texas in April for the Texas Library Association Conference (TLA) to sign copies of "COWBOYS", Thats right, cowboys is almost out. I'm excited for the exposure and opportunity to go to this significant event to represent my new book. I hope it goes well.
Texas Bluebonnet Award 2010-2011 Master list
2010-2011 Texas Blue bonnet award nomination
Did I mention that Pirates was nominated or put on the list of nominees for this prestigious award. I am very proud of this book and can't wait to do a follow-up. If your interested in finding out more about the nomination, here is the site.
"I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day"
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"Pirates" won a place on VOYA's fourteenth annual non-fiction Honor list. They invited the author to a reception during the ALA for a special reception where they will honor thirty books that made their list. The books will be displayed and the author and publisher will be congratulated. Unfortunately for me they did not mention the illustrator (ME) or the fact that Pirates was a book idea that I pitched to the publisher and has been my baby since college... sounds like I am bitter, I really need to learn how to write so I don't have to suffer second billing and being left home to sop up my tears the rest of my career.
In fairness David L.Harrison is a great author and has won many awards and has a school named after him, who am I to complain.
Deseret News writer Marilou Sorensen wrote a very nice review of "The White Ox" book. She apparently liked my illustrations. " What places "The White Ox" above the average pioneer story are Burr's stunning paintings, which emote guiet dignity." I like this kind of press. You can read the rest of the review here.
The White Ox
Here is a really nice review written in The Spectrum ( a news paper from Southern Utah) about "The White Ox" book. I really appreciate it when someone likes my books. It makes all the hard work worth it. Thanks Jennifer Weaver. Here is the link.