Where are you from/where do you live now?
I was born in and live in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island :D
How long have you been making art?
I've been making art for as long as I can remember. My parents say I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and I've never stopped.
Where did you go to university and what did you study?
I went to Vancouver Island University where I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree with a Major in Visual Arts.
What kind of paper and paints do you use?
I use a lot of Fluid cold-pressed watercolour paper, but I also enjoy Bee Paper watercolour paper. I paint with gouache on paper.
What inspires you most?
I'm inspired by nature, whether that's walking through the woods or on the beach. I love to look out across the water on a clear day to the mountains and imagine I could fly over there, just to see what the world looks like from that side. I'm inspired by mushrooms - little fungi which roots itself in wet soil and springs up over a moonlit night. I'm inspired by history, and a time when we were closer to the things we consume, both figuratively and literally. I'm inspired by magic, or at least those things we don't understand enough so we label it as "magic".
Have you illustrated children's picture books?
Yes, I've worked with one publisher as well as a couple of self-publishing authors on picture books. In addition to some formal training, I've also attended several literature conferences and I'm a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Island Illustrators Society.
I have a great idea for a picture book and I'm going to be sending it to a publisher soon. Would you be interested in illustrating it?
I appreciate being considered to illustrate your book! However, if you're submitting the manuscript to a traditional publisher, as opposed to self-publishing the book, they will most likely choose the illustrator for you. It's very rare that an author gets to choose her or his illustrator when working with a publisher. However, you can trust that they are professionals and know an illustrator who will help bring your book to life!
I'm self-publishing a book and I'm looking for an illustrator. Would you be interested in illustrating my book?
I'm very passionate about children's literature, and always enjoy working on picture books that are engaging and exciting for young readers. At the moment I'm working on my own projects and don't have much time to dedicate to other projects. However, I encourage those looking for an illustrator to check out the SCBWI for other illustrators.
Are you taking on commission work for smaller projects such as single portraits?
Occasionally I'll take commissions for smaller custom artwork. To inquire, please feel free to contact me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Can you change the colour of a print/the contents within a picture/etc?
Sorry, once the artwork is complete I don't make any further changes to it.
I really love this one picture on your site, but you only offer it as a (insert item here) and I was wondering if you would consider making it a (insert other item here)?
Of course! If there is a picture of mine you enjoy, but it is not offered in the format you would like (i.e. a bag, a housecoat, a print, a greeting card, a phone case, etc.) then please feel free to contact me
to let me know and I can see what I can do!
Where do you print your products from?
Most of my products, including prints, scarves, bags, pillows, and peignoirs are printed through a company called Art of Where
, located in Montreal, Canada.
Is Art of Where a drop-shipping company? What is drop-shipping?
Yes, Art of Where is a drop-shipping company. Drop-shipping is when an artist, merchant, vendor, etc. uploads their design to a site, such as Art of Where, and makes it available as different products, such as prints, bags, phone cases, etc. The physical product doesn't exist until someone, such as yourself, orders the product through my website. Art of Where then prints and makes the product and ships it to you, keeping a portion of the profit while I keep the rest. It's a way for me to provide these items for people to purchase while also not having to stock and store an inventory.