art and illustration | church picnic

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Love this little church. So peaceful and perfect. And a picnic! Who doesn’t love a picnic? Everything’s going great until the skunk shows up. Yep. A skunk. This is another illustration from my picture book about Melbourne. I suppose if skunks aren’t welcome, they should put up a sign. So, I’m presently constructing one.

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art and illustration | angry bear

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You’d be angry too if a skunk sprayed you with his stinky smelly scent. It’s just that he thought he was spraying the mouse… which actually makes it worse. Pick on someone your own size, right? You may giggle your way through my picture book about a skunk with an ultra ego. But I hope the ending leaves you with one thought in mind.. pride stinks.

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art and illustration | slippery slope

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We’ve all been there. We have it all together. We think we’re above hurting ourselves or others. The signs of caution are clearly marked, but we are too full of ourselves to see them. And then it happens. The crash. My picture book carries a skunk named Melbourne through several funny mishaps, lightheartedly reminding where pride can lead.

art and illustration | sebastian

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Do you ever wake up feeling sad? No reason. The sky looks gray. The hills feel high. The roads are long. And if your ears could droop, they would. Sebastian’s ears can droop and they do. He thinks he’s the only one. He thinks it will never end. But in my picture book about the sad elephant (with the argyle sweater), the sun shines again and the stars twinkle. Don’t worry. They will for you too.

art and illustration | the pastor

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My husband is a pastor and looks nothing like this. But when writing my picture book about the church picnic disaster, this was the image that came to me to draw. The congregation takes notice as the pastor steps forward with a simple solution to the problem. It’s not the suit or the hair that gives them confidence. Those (I hope) evoke a giggle. It’s most definitely his calmness in chaos that brings them to reason and follow his lead to a remedy. …Then again, it could be the bowtie.