The Bowl and the Stone


This is a cover I illustrated for a new middle grade novel by Bish Denham. The Bowl and the Stone is a spooky tale set in the Virgin Islands in the early 60s. I was especially intrigued by a description of one of the main characters, so I knew I wanted to include his silhouette on the cover. I added the foliage to the foreground because even with the story’s haunting feel, I still wanted to give a hint of the island flavor that is so prevalent in Bish’s stories.

Look for The Bowl and the Stone if you know any kids in the 8-12 age group that love a good mystery. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and will be available soon in both print and ebook format.

I’ve illustrated covers for two other books by Bish Denham: Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales and A Lizard’s Tail.


Dancing Lion


Summertime is in full swing. The days are nice and long, which reminds me that the zoo will have extended hours for the next couple of months. It’s always a treat to see the animals that only begin to stir when the sun starts to set. I especially like the chance to watch big cats doing something other than flicking an ear at a bothersome gnat. You’re not likely to catch any wild kitties doing pirouettes, but they might inspire a quick character sketch or two – like this one I did of a lion cub, taking a twirl in her new grass tutu. I decided to try on a few facial expressions, too. Ballet training brings out a range of emotion, no doubt!

Mousse the Hedgehog


While going through images to upload to my portfolio, I came across this fun character I created a while ago. Meet Mousse, a prickly little fellow with a decidedly un-prickly disposition. He might have a bit of a sweet tooth. Filled with joyous exuberance, Mousse greets most things with great enthusiasm. Unless you try to take his treats away.

I haven’t yet decided what I’ll be doing with him. I originally created the character for a sticker design competition, but I can imagine he might appear on a series of t-shirt or card designs. Or maybe there’s a story here. If I come up with a brilliant idea for him, I’ll take a lesson from Mousse and be careful not to spill the (jelly) beans.