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Thinking ahead to Christmas holidays





For most of us, Christmas and winter feels a long way off — today is the 4th of July and as usual here in St. Louis it’s in the 90’s with a humidity of 200%(feels like it anyway!). Just finished illustrating “Merry Tilda - A Winter  Fairy Tale”, written by Jodi Heaton Hurst and published by 4RV Publishing.  It’s a children’s picture book about a woman named Tilda and how over the years she transforms a simple tree into a haven for animals and a delight for people. The book is available in paperback and hard cover on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Heat is on!


Recently finished illustrating “Kindertransport” for 4RV Publishing LLC.

The description on the back of the book reads like this:

Just before the outbreak of World War II, the Nazis pushed Jewish families to do something they never imagined they would.  They sent their children away on a train to faraway places to live with strangers so that they would be safe until the dangerpassed.  As she gets onboard the Kindertransport, a train to hope, ten year old Helenwill never be the same.

The book is available on 4RV Publishing’s website and bookstore.


Here are a few of the illustrations:




Ah, Spring!




Just finished “Diego, One Lonesome Cat”, not only in English but in Spanish!! 

Diego is a curious cat who loves to wander and roam.  On the day when his family is moving to a new house, Diego cannot be found.  Juan and Maria look everywhere for him but no luck.  They are heartbroken to have to leave without their beloved pet.  When Diego returns later that day to his house, it is vacant and the family is gone.  What will happen to Diego?  Will he find Juan and Maria and the rest of his family?  “Diego, One Lonesome Cat” tells the story of Diego’s journey to find his family and home.

Available on Amazon in paperback and ebook.

This picture book was inspired by an abandoned cat named  Diego who lived with us for a while until we found a family who could take him in.  We were not able to keep him because of allergies.  Diego now has a family too! 



Happy Holidays to all!

Have a wonderful Christmas season.  Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, enjoy the spirit of the season — enjoy and give peace and love.


I’ve been working on a Christmas/Advent calendar and here are a few selections:






Also been working on illustrations for a middle grade

historical book.  Here is one of my research illustrations:


All the best to everyone in the new year.  Thanks for looking at my blog.

Almost October

Ready for pumpkin bread?  Oh yes!


This week’s word prompt on Illustration Friday is “Nest” and here is my entry.  Every kid wants a little place of his or her own, right?  Here is an inventive boy who may not be the best speller but he is very creative with a hammer and some wood.

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The illustration below was inspired by a colorized photograph of a Russian tribal leader in 1900.  The photograph was intriguing because the beautiful intricate coat was so delicate and this man is anything but delicate. His face looks like he has seen the rougher side of life.  Having a sword at his side does make a person want to watch what they say around him.  The man’s one eye was damaged in some way either from birth or from injury - I was going to fix it in the illustration but decided to leave it in. Whatever happened to him?  The Russian Revolution happened  not long after his picture was taken.


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For some kids, recess is one of the best parts of a school day.  Not so for this little girl when she gets stuck in the new playground equipment.







The leaves are starting to change but it’s still too hot!

Some latest illustrations- 

This Asian motorcyclist with his hair - I just had to paint him. 

The illustration below reminds me so much of my son, Adam, who for a number of summers as a young boy, became a Roman gladiator.  I lost so  many good towels for capes and more than a couple of brooms (if you cut off the top of the handle, it could be turned into a sword or as you can see below - wonderful how creative kids can be.

The illustration below was inspired by a photograph of Tibetan children.  I decided to emphasize the two locks and the picture turned into more than just a simple illustration.


Remember when a dog followed a student into school and how embarassed that student was? Especially if it wasn’t the first time?  Here’s my take on this.  The rest of the kids are delighted.


Black and white version of the above illustration


School starts this week but this year I’m on the outside looking in!

Now I’m a full time illustrator and am enjoying it enormously but I really do miss the wonderful children and teaching art to them.  


Here are some illustrations (school-related and otherwise):






The illustration below is my entry for  Illustration Friday - the prompt is “Gold”.  The inspiration for the illustration is a photo taken by my nephew while he was in Russia.  


mid-August

I’m in the midst of updating all my cyber sites . I’ve got portfolios on Behance, Deviantart plus I post on Twitter, Instagram, Tumbler, LinkedIn and Pinterest.  Take a look there for more illustrations.


Here are some illustrations I’ve done in the last week on the subject of teens-






August 2016

Finally finished my children’s picture book, “Clickity’s Clock”.  It tells the story of Mrs. Clark’s Kindergarten class and of four children in that class who do not want to go onto first grade and who do not want to grow up.  Mrs. Clark has the only solution: call Dr. H.M.S. Clickity (the almost famous inventor of the seldom seen but powerful Clickity Clock). The book will be released in late August in paperback and ebook on Amazon.

Here are some more illustrations:











July 2016

As usual St Louis is like a tropical swamp with heat and humidity.  Everlasting thanks to the person who invented air conditioning!






These links are to recent children’s books which I’ve either written/illustrated or just illustrated.




Some of my latest illustrations for a picture book for children-