Monthly Archives: March 2011

Portfolio Building

The pressure is on! The regional conference for SCBWI is suddenly right around the corner- just two more weekends left to complete my portfolio for the juried exhibition (insert butterflies in my stomach).

I finally finished my third stab at this piece and I’m satisfied. Now back to the drawing board.


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fold your support for Japan

This is a cause and a corresponding call to action that is near and dear to me. I have an obsession with origami cranes that has existed since I folded my first crane for my baachan’s birthday (my great grandmother, although we called her by a japanese word for grandma). Cranes have been part of major celebrations such as my wedding, and they have found their way into my artwork too. is  calling for young people (under 25) to fold origami cranes in support of Japan and all the people affected by the disaster. If you would like to participate, or fold in solidarity, here is a video on youtube that will show you everything you need to know.

check out the project:

A call to use the art of origami to give support to Japan, 3/11/11 In response to the massive earthquake and devastating resulting tsunami that hit Japan, we at are appealing to young people throughout the world to share their love and support for the Japanese people with “Paper Cranes for Japan.”   The task is simple:   Find and upload a photo of an origami paper crane OR Make your own and take a quick pic of it THEN upload that photo along with a message of support to [our] Facebook page. Why cranes? Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture. According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish — like long life or recovery from illness — by a crane. We’re looking to collect 100,000 photos of origami cranes from young people to represent 100 wishes for relief and healing to all who affected by this tragic natural disaster.



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Time to Share

This morning I was perusing the SCBWI Bulletin and I read, “creating a blog with the idea that readers will simply find you is a little like putting up a billboard along a deserted road.”

It’s a sign. Although I kind of like the deserted road, I’d better stop navel gazing and make contact with the wide, trafficky world.

So here are a few old drawings/paintings that I recently rediscovered. Enjoy!


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Laura Ingalls


This piece came about over the course of many months. I had been reading a magazine and there was a reference to Laura Ingalls Wilder… knocking over a haystack! What a great opportunity for an image.

I made a sketch, then a drawing, then a painting. Finally, after all this time, I’ve forgotten anything else about the article and all that remains is this slightly evil interpretation of little house on the prairie.

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