Halloween in July!

I recently illustrated a Halloween game board for Suzanne Beck at
Ladybug Magazine. Below is a cropped section of the gameboard showing the sketch, the finished art, and the game pieces.
Adding fun textures, patterns, bright colors, silly characters and of course, CANDYYYY...made this work very enjoyable. The child who collects the most candy pieces wins! (just like in real life!)

This game will be featured in the October 2015 issue of Ladybug magazine.


June 5th-30th Art Show at Java Nation

As if you needed another reason to visit Java Nation, an eclectic coffeehouse-bar-bistro (all my favorite things!) in Celina, Ohio, I am joining Amy Stucke Deal and Julie Baltes, two artists whose work I love and admire, in a group art exhibit which will hang at Java throughout the month of June.

Lately with the beauty of spring and summer, I am trying my hand at some florals in collage-I'll have some new ones at the show. And of course some landscapes.

Stop by, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some art!


The View Landscape Exhibit - Kettering, Ohio

I received the good news that my collage, Summer Ends, was selected for the 2015 landscape exhibit, The View, at  the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering, Ohio!  I am honored to be included!

"The View is a juried exhibition for artists living in Ohio and working in all media. This year, 108 artists submitted 317 pieces, from which the juror, Kristen Spangenberg, Curator of Prints and Photographs at Cincinnati Art Museum, chose 53 artworks representing 42 artists. Spangenberg also selected the winners of six awards, totaling $1100.
 Hours for the exhibition are Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday 9am-6pm; and Saturday 9am-3pm. Rosewood Gallery is sponsored by the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, with support from the Kettering Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. The Gallery is located in the Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive in Kettering.  For more information, call (937) 296-0294 or visit our website: playkettering.org/gallery."

Summer Ends, 30x30", Painted Paper Collage


Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus, Ohio

Had a great time selling and signing my books, catching up with illustrator pals and rubbing shoulders, literally, with some of my favorite authors at the Ohioana Book Festival in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
After the festival we were all invited to the Ohio Governor's mansion for a reception and tour.
Book people are the best!
The kid's table with Jeff Ebbler, Michelle Houts, and Tim Bowers 

That's me behind Cinda Chima!  #starstruck #loveherbooks

Sharing a table with amazing illustrator Tim Bowers

Ringing the Governor's doorbell 


Choose To Read Ohio 2015-16

My book, Farmers' Market Day was chosen by the Ohio Library Association as a Choose To Read Ohio title in the Books for Young Children category for 2015-2016! I feel lucky to be included with other authors and illustrators from the state of Ohio.

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) spotlights Ohio authors and promotes reading across Ohio. The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association and Ohio Center for the Book encourage Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together.
More information, including promotional materials and toolkits for the classroom can be found at: https://library.ohio.gov/ctro

Let's go find a comfy spot and READ!


Artistry Under the Dome

Had another great art fueled weekend participating in the Artistry Under the Dome exhibit and sale at the old St. Charles Seminary in Mercer County, Ohio.  30 artists and 6 area high schools exhibits were on display. This event brings painters, sculptors, glass artists, metal artists, fabric artists, woodworking artists, bead artists, and more to create the largest art event in the area. 
Thank You Artistry Under the Dome!

 Some new watercolors for sale at Artistry Under the Dome. 
Grand Lake St. Marys
St Anthony Farm

Ohio Century Farm, Ft Recovery, Ohio

Clouds over Fields


Healing Arts Exhibit, Oxford, Ohio

I snagged a spot in the juried Healing Arts Exhibit at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio for 2015-16!

About the Healing Arts Exhibit:
The juried annual Healing Arts Exhibit is presented by the McCullough-Hyde Hospital TRUST.  Research demonstrates that patients who view art recover more quickly - their attitudes are positively affected.

A varied and beautiful juried show of 67 original works of art themed around "healing" is displayed throughout the hospital for a year.  Representing the vision of artists within a 100-mile radius of Oxford, the art work is for sale to anyone, but will remain on display until the current show is replaced by a new annual exhibit in April of each year.

Blue Evening Sunset, Paper collage, 11x14"
This image is of a midsummer evening sunset near the Indiana-Ohio State line.