Monday, August 24, 2020


Two close-ups from part of a recent illustration--  zooming in on watercolor with ink makes me happy ;)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Travel Sketches


While organizing, I went through some boxes and found a couple of battered travel sketchbooks that needed scanning.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Bus Stop

When I lived in Sydney, so many people on public transport would be on their phones from the moment they got in the queue until the moment they got off the bus/train/ferry. Can you imagine what they might have missed?

Friday, July 3, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020


Since we spend so much time at home in the backyard right now, frogs are the kids' companions, and an endless source of entertainment from jumping races to trying to fit them into doll clothes (poor things) to scientific charts (how many times do they jump in a minute?) Will these frogs survive the summer? I've put a few outside the gate but they just keep showing up at our tea parties.
Well I give up, frogs. You can either save yourselves or spend the day in a jar with a plastic unicorn and some doll shoes.  Your call.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Work In Progress

Getting together a few finished pieces for my book dummy before starting submissions

Thursday, June 18, 2020

#PB Pitch

This was my first time participating in #PBPitch and it was so much fun!  It was great to hang out with tons of authors and illustrators online for a day and see what everyone is working on.  I pitched one of my stories (below) and got some good feedback. Looking forward to doing this again in October.

"Where does hot chocolate come from? Linda and Abuelo visit a small cacao farm together, making new friends and taste-testing along the way. This author-illustrator PB combines a cross-cultural narrative with an educational read-aloud (aka. excuse to have chocolate)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Read a Book

My kids LOVE books.  We started reading together as soon as they could sit upright.  They go through stages- board books, picture books, easy-to-reads, chapter books. Watching a preschooler insist on hauling a 1,500 page dictionary from the library makes me happy (even though I would have chosen "Madeline's Rescue"). I may also bribe the toddler to take naps with the promise of reading TWO WHOLE books.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Award Finalist

Also in great news, my book "Pu'ulei and the Everyday Rainbow" is up for the final round of this year's Crystal Kite Awards!  There are so many well-written, well-illustrated childrens books on the list, so it's an honor just to make it this far.  For SCBWI members, voting runs until May15 so now is time to cast your vote!
 #SCBWI20CK and #scbwicrystalkites