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Major Updates!

Without meaning to, I've completely neglected my blog this summer. Recent events have reshaped my schedule and priorities, and I'm only just now able to wrap my mind around it all to craft a coherent post. 

Back in May my GI tract bailed on me without the decency of leaving a note. Months of appointments, tests, dietary restrictions, adverse reactions to medications, and a seemingly endless parade of medical bills have pretty much reduced me to this:

It will all be worth it once I reach a diagnosis and successful treatment, right? Right?!

There is a bright side, though! Around the same time some great opportunities came up for me. First, I was offered a position on a fabulous team that coordinates events for RISD's vast alumni network. It has been wonderful validation for years of volunteer experience with an organization that not only appreciates me, but also offers new challenges.

Later, I joined the staff at Studio Goodwin Sturges! Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, owner and founder of the Studio, is one of my longtime mentors - I interned for her while a student at RISD and credit her with my decision to illustrate books for children. As a member of her team I'm critiquing artwork, reading manuscripts, promoting her authors and illustrators and coordinating the studio. The experience offers fresh and welcome perspective as "the other side" of the publishing industry, all very useful information as I continue to grow my own list of publishing credits and my mentoring and critique service for aspiring authors and illustrators.

Finally, I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be illustrating another bilingual children's picture book with Arte Público Press! A Charmed Life, written by Gladys E. Barbieri, will hit the shelves in 2015. My work has been quick, digital-heavy illustrations and design for the last year and it feels great to get back into traditional watercolor painting for this project. I'm looking forward to sharing my progress on this book with you!

Here's to covering a few more medical bills!

Have a great week, everyone!


Art Crush Wednesday: Arte Público Press

Arte Publico Press logo.

Arte Público Press, located in Houston, TX, is the largest publisher of contemporary and recovered Latino authors. They are also one of my best clients, having given me the opportunity to illustrate several bilingual children’s picture books. Faced with the burgeoning rates of childhood diabetes and obesity amongst Latino children in the U.S., Arte Público Press is hoping to impact health and wellness with a new series of books.

Called ¡Salud Familia! (healthy family), this series of children's books features characters who make good choices about foods, exercise and healthy living. Each book in the series will be available in hardcover edition through traditional bookstores, and more than 200,000 coloring book versions will be distributed for FREE across the country to children of low-income Latino families. Listen to a report about ¡Salud Familia! on Houston Public Radio.

I Kick the Ball book cover

The first book in ¡Salud Familia! is I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balón, which will debut this spring. Written by Gwendolyn Zepeta and illustrated by Pablo Torrecilla, the dynamic story about a young soccer player is sure to please readers of any cultural background. Arte Público is offering a FREE downloadable coloring book version of I Kick the Ball for everyone to enjoy!

The most recent book I illustrated for Arte Público is the forthcoming Adelita and the Veggie Cousins, which will be published in the spring of 2012. I can’t wait to see the book join the ranks of the others in this fine series!


Congratulations, Finney Company!

Finney Company logo.

Finney Company, publisher of the award-winning Storm Codes, is bucking the recession and expanding its imprints! Publishers Weekly reported Finney’s recent acquisition of Great Outdoors Publishing earlier this week. Great Outdoors specializes in educational books that inspire residents and visitors of Florida to understand, explore, respect, and preserve Florida’s outdoors. Most assuredly this imprint is receiving a hearty welcome by the fine folks at Finney – and let’s hope it'll will bring some of that Florida sunshine when it moves here to Minnesota!

As a wildlife enthusiast, I’m very excited about this news. Great Outdoor’s catalog includes children’s books (including take-along guides for exploring the outdoors), cookbooks (ever want to learn how to cook a gator?), and tons more on wildlife, fishing, gardening, and history. It’s right up my alley, and I couldn’t have recommended a better acquisition. I’m really looking forward to seeing the titles they’ll launch in the future.

Read all about this news at Publishers Weekly.

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