Art at Seattle City Hall

I'm excited to have a painting hanging in a group show at Seattle City Hall from October 31st, 2017 to January 3rd, 2018. Curated by the Western Washington chapter of the SCBWI, the exhibition features children's book artwork by forty-five illustrators living in the Puget Sound area.

Giant Robot Post It Show

I'm stoked to have had three ink drawings in Giant Robot's thirteenth annual Post It Show. From Dec 2nd - Dec 10th, they filled their gallery with three inch post-it artwork by an action-packed lineup of illustrators and fine artists.

Drawn to Color

I'm excited to announce I have an illustration in Drawn to Color, a Pacific Northwest-themed coloring book recently released by Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books. Edited by the brililant picture book maker Ben Clanton, Drawn to Color features artwork from over 20 children's book artists.

For more information, check out Drawn To Color on the Little Bigfoot website.

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SCBWI Summer Conference 2017

In July, I traveled to LA for the SCBWI Summer Conference, a weekend of children's book lectures and workshops. A few of my favorite highlights include: Vanessa Brantley Newton's advice on adding ethnic diversity to character designs, Sean Qualls's keynote about his path to becoming a children's book illustrator, and Marvin Terban's entertaining yet moving presentation about the importance of writing humor for children.

The portfolio showcase was another highlight, featuring artwork from hundreds of illustrators attending the conference, I walked away with a bag full of lovely promo cards and a brain abuzz with inspiration. As an added bonus, my artwork received a honor award in the portfolio showcase. 

SCBWI Illustration Retreat

In November of 2016, I attended the SCBWI Western Washington illustrators retreat. Christian Robinson and Catia Chien were the faculty. Over three days, they taught workshops on a variety of topics including: character development, book design, and storytelling with paper collage. 

In addition to the workshops, there was ample time to hang out with the other illustrator attendees, who hailed from both Oregon and Washington. The retreated started right after the presidential election, and I felt very lucky to be spend that time surrounded by a group of positive and inspiring artists.