Friday, July 25, 2014


I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I made up stories in my head all the time and my dreams at night were as vivid as any movie I'd seen. But when I became a teenager I decided to try my hand at drawing. I'd always admired the wonderful illustrators who created the artwork in the books I read daily. Not that I thought I had true talent, but I wanted to explore the possibilities.

I've always loved horses and this was my attempt to duplicate a picture I saw in a book once.

I expanded to other animals and was drawn to ocean creatures. I seemed to have an eye for reproduction but didn't know if this was a path to illustration or if I was just drawing some better stick figures than other people.

I went out on a limb and tried my hand at a lot of different animals. I made mistakes and kept at it until I got my drawings to look as much as the real thing as I could. They didn't look like the illustrations in my favorite books but I didn't think they were too bad looking.

I drew this one because I was trying to work with shading. I liked the balance between the larger cross and the book. It was hard to get things right when I had no one to learn from and no way of knowing if it was any good. I drew mainly for myself and hid them away for more than 25 years. I think my sister was the only person I might have shown these to...before now...

This drawing and the next one are my favorites. When I drew this boat I used to imagine myself sailing away from my childhood and traveling to some distant place where my life would be different. I didn't know all I needed to do in order to have a new life was to simply grow up.

I really like this drawing. It came from a thumb size picture I saw in some book and I wanted to attempt to reproduce it. It's not exactly perfect but I love the whimsical nature of the mouse sitting on top of a mushroom and holding that sunflower.

I now have my first picture book, THE STORY CATCHER, coming out next January and there is a REAL illustrator out there working on the artwork for my book. I admire that person for their talent, for their ability to take my simple words and create some magic out of one grown up child's dreams...


  1. The boat picture is my favorite one. You can't fool me--you aren't grown up, yet.

    1. Hi Janet! I'm the most emotional about the boat one but I really like the mouse and the bible one as well...the other ones are okay but they ALL surprise me because I was the one to actually draw them...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!