I'm a firm believer in working on personal projects between paying jobs and this is my latest, I am fascinated with the subject matter, and the story behind the painting. The book or story, I call it my Cave Man book, is about the domestication of wolves to dogs, My character (Kuak) finds himself befriending a wolf that eventually becomes a valuable part of his life and survival in an incredibly harsh land and time. This painting is the last one in the book that portrays man and dog together not as enemies but as companions that need and depend on each other. The text on the page reads: "As the sun set on another day, together, Kuak and his dog Eira, both with full bellies, sat quietly by the crackling fire, warming themselves from the chill fall air and resting from another successful hunt. They had come along way together, and this night, as another season approached, they wondered what the dawn of a new day would bring".
This is the first book I have written (way harder than I thought it would be) and am still working on the story, I am in the process of showing it around a bit and hope to find a home for it.
Hope you like it as much as I do.
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.