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Launch at the Stanley A. MIlner Library was a success!!

October 19, 2016

THe launch of the Joanne Fitzgerald Residency was a big success on Monday night! Lots of eager book lovers, attendance… Read the Rest

My First Visit to the Stanley A Milner library!

October 16, 2016

It’s my very first visit to the Stanley A Milner library in downtown Edmonton! Just a short walk from my… Read the Rest

Alberta…..we’ve arrived!!

October 15, 2016

After 16 hours on the road, we finally made it to Alberta!! EVeryone is a bit road weary but excited… Read the Rest

It’s Official! I have been chosen for the Joanne Fitzgerld Illustrator in Residnce Program 2016!

October 10, 2016

I am so thrilled to announce that I have been chosen this year for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence… Read the Rest

I’ve been chosen to illustrate the new book for VPL!

May 10, 2016

I am so excited to share this exciting news! I have been chosen as the illustrator for the Vancouver Public… Read the Rest

Creators Vancouver …..Miss Beatrix Shuttleworth!

Recently I had the opportunity to create the new travel logo for Creators Vancouver. The character has aptly been named… Read the Rest

Children’s Ilustration Program a hit at the Hive!

So this spring break I decided to teach a four day illustration program to a group of Gabriola kids called… Read the Rest

VAG Show….a dream come true!

Okay….so artists have dreams too and one of mine was to see Warhol up close and personal! So yay!! This… Read the Rest

New Commissioned Works!

What a busy fall season it has been! 6 months of painting on a new series of 5 original paintings!… Read the Rest

Xmas Blast Studio Open House Sat Dec 12 -10am to 4pm

December 2, 2015

Join me for a weird, warm and wonderful Open Studio on Saturday Dec 12th from 10am to 4pm. This only… Read the Rest

Thanksgiving Studio Tour 2015!!!

October 8, 2015

Thanksgiving Studio Tour 2015….doors open Saturday October 10th 10am – 4pm till Monday October 12th! Once again my studio will… Read the Rest

Street Art 2015 – Saturday August 15 – NEW work!

August 14, 2015

Street Art 2015 is almost here! (Saturday August 15th) to be exact! Come check me out at booth #39….and see… Read the Rest

Polly Parrot Cover Complete!

March 9, 2015

Polly Parrot cover artwork is now complete! I am so excited to share this new cover with everyone…so stay tuned… Read the Rest

School Tours get underway!!

January 26, 2015

Whew!! 2015 is underway and so are my travels! It’s a busy time of year for me as I begin… Read the Rest

Thanksgiving Tour 2014 this weekend!!

October 8, 2014

Well it’s that time of year again, Gabriola Thanksgiving Tour is upon us!! As I busily prepare my studio for… Read the Rest

ABSea takes shape!

July 4, 2014

This weekend, ABSea will officially take shape as International Sand Sculpture artist creates a one of a kind sand sculpture… Read the Rest

School Tours A-Plenty!!

March 7, 2014

So many schools so little time!! Spring is in the air (minus all the snow) and I am getting geared… Read the Rest

Another successful Thanksgiving Weekend!!

October 15, 2013

Thank you to everyone that stopped by my studio this past weekend! The weather was amazing, the people were friendly… Read the Rest

A,B,Sea – A Deep-Sea Symphony is HOT OFF THE PRESS!!

October 9, 2013

Just in time for this year’s Thanksgiving Tour…A,B,Sea – A Deep-Sea Symphony has finally arrived!! Still smokin hot off the… Read the Rest

Thanksgiving Tour 2013

October 1, 2013

Okay folks…it’s that time of year again! The Thanksgiving Tour is nearly upon us and holy smokes…do I ever have… Read the Rest

Gertie Bus…Here I Come!!!

Well, word on the street is that my illustration has been chosen to adorn the big yellow GERTIE bus of… Read the Rest

Birthday travels with my girls….

June 25, 2013

 This June 17th was spent in the lovely city of Victoria with my daughter Ekko, her sister Nico and five… Read the Rest

A,B,Sea…sailing off to the printers!

A,B,Sea – A Deepsea Symphony is now going to press! I am most excited today as this means that in… Read the Rest

BC Book Prizes Gala

May 11, 2013

Wow, what a night!! So many great books and so many great speeches! The highlight of the evening for me,… Read the Rest

Congratulations to all the BC Book Prize Nominees

March 19, 2013

It was such a thrill to be on the judging panel this year for the Christie Harris Picture Book Category…. Read the Rest

Thank you for the Grant Support!

Well I am very excited to announce that I have received grant support to work on and complete my new… Read the Rest

Great day at Gabriola Elementary

February 19, 2013

A BIG thank you to Gabriola Elementary for inviting me to take part in their grade 6/7 writing program, led… Read the Rest

Creator in Residence

February 14, 2013

So my Creator in Residence position begins and I am busily going through the portfolios. Some wonderful work has been… Read the Rest

My day at Rogers Elementary School

January 22, 2013

What a great day I had at Rogers Elementary School. Such a great group of students and the teachers were… Read the Rest

Almost There!

January 10, 2013

Well I’m almost there! Only a few more pieces to go and Deepsea Symphony is officially done! I won’t count… Read the Rest

Avacodspiel Anyone?

December 15, 2012

So what do you do with a bunch of ripe avocados? Make an avocadospiel of course!! My daughter Ekko had… Read the Rest


December 7, 2012

Don’t miss this last chance to come by my studio before the holidays. My doors will be open December 8th… Read the Rest

Pedro the Pirate has been nominated

November 27, 2012

Great News! Pedro the Pirate has been nominated by the Langley Christian School for their book choice of the year!… Read the Rest

Campfire Cookies

November 21, 2012

Okay….CHALLENGE: Create a snack for preschool that involves fire?? SOLUTION: Campfire Cookies….invented and created by me and my girls! Recipe… Read the Rest

Marvellous Mess!!!!

November 17, 2012

After a busy week of running around to various activities and work, the girls and I spent Saturday just relaxing… Read the Rest


November 10, 2012

I am so thrilled and honoured and just over the moon to announce that I have been chosen as CANSCAIP’s… Read the Rest

Beaty Museum….rain or shine?

November 3, 2012

Just had a visit to the amazing Beaty Museum at UBC today and wow, what a place! I was there… Read the Rest

Come and Visit my studio…new video…take a peek”

October 27, 2012

So thanks to GAC and Jules Molloy, I am so pleased to finally present a small sneek peek into my… Read the Rest

Are we homeschooling yet?

 Are we homeschooling yet? My very keen 4 year old is ready and willing but am I ? Being a… Read the Rest

Homeschooling Write or Rong??

October 26, 2012

So I have decided to dedicate some space to my NEW homeschooling endeavours. In all of my research these past… Read the Rest

Creative Funk?

OkayOkay….I never thought I would ever say this but I think this week I hit my first creative funk. I… Read the Rest

Some Really Cool Stuff

October 16, 2012

  I am so PLEASED to finally share with you some of my very newest work hot off the press….for the… Read the Rest

What’s Up???

March 19, 2012

Well it’s been a busy few months and now I am preparing for a two week tour which starts in… Read the Rest

My newest cover in the works!

December 2, 2011

  So here I am , the beginning of December and busily working on a new book cover for a… Read the Rest

New Stupid Pet Tricks

October 4, 2011

Hot off the press, new stupid pet trick paintings. The pets aren’t pulling any punches here, they are seriously fun… Read the Rest

2012 Thanksgiving Tour

Wow, how did we get here so fast!  We’re not talking turkey, the paintbrushes have been flying round here for… Read the Rest

School Visits – now booking!

School is in full swing and we’re already receiving calls for the 2011/2012 visits.   I travel throughout Canada to speak with… Read the Rest

Lions Bay Gallery Show

I am so excited to have a new show starting this week on the Lower Mainland.  The Lions Bay Art Gallery… Read the Rest

Pedro the Pirate – SOLD OUT SHOW!!

Arggghhhhh is for Pirate! Well folks, after much blood, sweat and tears I am so very proud to say that… Read the Rest

Oodles and Oodles of Paintings!!

November 10, 2010

So I have finished laying out most of the illustrations that are finished for Pedro the Pirate on my studio floor… Read the Rest

Gabriola Artists Winter Festival

October 28, 2010

For those of you looking for something exciting to do those few days before Christmas or for those last minute… Read the Rest

Pedro- It’s Almost Done!

October 22, 2010

For those of your following the “Pedro Saga” , I thought I should show you one of the most recent… Read the Rest

Stupid Pet Tricks…Hot off the Press and still wet!!

October 18, 2010

Well after much hard work and sweat, the Stupid Pet Tricks are here. The pieces I have shown here are… Read the Rest

Thanksgiving Tour….such a great time!!

October 12, 2010

I just wanted to tell anyone that didn’t make it over for the Thanksgiving Artist’s Studio Tour that you missed… Read the Rest

School has begun and so have I…

September 16, 2010

Well teachers, it is that time of year again to begin thinking about your author visits for the upcoming months. I… Read the Rest

Alegria or Bust

September 11, 2010

 My travels this week took me to see Alegria, a Cirque de Soleil production playing in Victoria, BC. It was… Read the Rest

Dancing Barefoot

September 4, 2010

Ever wake up and wonder how you should start your day? Well today we began our day with a little… Read the Rest

“Miss Series” open for business

September 1, 2010

 Well after a year of work I finally have the concepts completed for my “Miss Series” Each of these oddly… Read the Rest

A must for every library….take it from me

August 27, 2010

What makes a great children’s book? Well….great illustration for one! I am a big fan of Derek Anderson’s (  illustrations… Read the Rest

Getting ready for the Thanksgiving Art Tour…is it on your map this year??

Well it’s already that time of year again…to begin thinking about the Thanksgiving Art Tour on Gabriola Island. If you… Read the Rest

Pedro the Pirate is almost complete…

August 26, 2010

 Pedro the Pirate is almost done and will be in bookstores in November 2011. The cover and interiors are close… Read the Rest

Waking up at 5am is for the birds….

August 25, 2010

Well today I begin the journey of trying to keep a somewhat daily blog or at least a weeekly blog…. Read the Rest

Street Art Festival…two days and no rain!

August 24, 2010

I was thrilled once again to take part in this year’s Gabriola Street Art Festival. This is an annual two… Read the Rest

Exciting new book projects for 2011

May 25, 2010

Well with the spring flowers come some exciting new projects. I am busily working on a new project with an… Read the Rest

Gabriola Thanksgiving Art Tour 2009

October 9, 2009

Well it’s that time of year again for me and I’m busily preparing for the Gabriola Thanksgiving Art Tour. For… Read the Rest

My Favourite Pirate Book

My favourite pirate book to date is David Shannon’s “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers”. It’s not only beautifully illustrated by Mr. Shannon… Read the Rest

Kindergarten Blues – My most recent creative effort

September 23, 2009

Kindergarten Blues have taken their hold this week. Actually, they are not really blue…just subtle shades of.  I really thought… Read the Rest

Cowichan Valley in the Fall

September 8, 2009

I’m going to be visiting schools in the Cowichan Valley in late October and I’m so looking forward to the… Read the Rest