Sunday, March 27, 2011


I just received word that my newest book, Dream Big, Little Pig!  By Kristi Yamaguchi, has debuted at number two on The New York Times Best Seller list.  I couldn’t be happier about such great news.  Way to go, Poppy!


I’m now represented by Rubin Pfeffer and the East/West Literary Agency.  I’ve known Rubin since my very first book was published in 1986.  He was a wise guiding voice then and continues to be a great influence in my children’s book journey.  I look forward to future projects with Rubin and Deborah Warrren at East/West.  I mention this as we celebrate our first collaboration, Dream Big, Little Pig!

Monday, March 14, 2011


I had the privilege of serving on the panel of judges for this year’s Columbus College of Art & Design’s Art of Illustration exhibition. 
AOI at Rivet Gallery

The exhibit features the best of CCAD student illustrations and is organized entirely by students.  I was part of a group of professional alumni jurors, which included- Linda Bittner (CCAD, ’88), Tim Bowers (CCAD, ’79), Eric Fortune (CCAD, ’99), and Scott Hull (CCAD, ’77) as well as Illustration Chair C. F. Payne.
  Award winning image and artist, Tyler Bolyard.

Awards, including prizes from various sponsors, were presented for best of show as well as first, second and third place.  Additionally, five selections identified as “judges favorites” received an original work of art from the respective judge

My “judges favorite” selection was an image created by Tyler Bolyard (senior).  Tyler is a very talented artist with a promising future.  He actually had 5 pieces selected for this year’s AOI show, including a three-dimensional piece…awesome stuff!  I thought I’d shine the ole’ blog spotlight on Tyler for a job well done. To see more of his work, check out:

Bowers, Bolyard and "judges favorite" award.
The show opened March 5 at Rivet Gallery, 1200 N. High St. in Columbus (the Short North), and continues through March 25.

Wishing you the best-Tyler!

Well, back to the drawing board,

Monday, March 7, 2011

Art Block for Ghana

I had a chance to contribute to the Picture Book Project Foundation's Art Blocks for Ghana- a charity art auction of original works created by top artists within the animation and illustration community to promote boarding and education of orphaned children in Ghana, West Africa.
Your Move

A preview of the art was held in NYC and will now open in LA at Gallery Nucleus on March 12th, 2011.  If you are in the area, check it out.  There are some really great images that have been created for the event.

If you are interested in the auction or the art, you'll find more info. through these links:

March 12th 2011, 7pm-11pm
Gallery Nucleus Event and Launch of the Online Auction.

TWITTER  (follow and mention Art Blocks)

FACEBOOK (photos, updates and information) invite friends to "like" the page!/pages/Art-Blocks-For-Ghana/166672736692656


Auction Link



I hope it's a successful auction and will help a lot of children.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011



I was just informed that one of the books that I recently illustrated was selected for the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices 2011 List!


Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devin Scillian, published by Sleeping Bear Press.
A great way to start the new month.