Bax the cat playing music with Artie and his Hound Dog Band

New Illustrations: A Cat and His Musical Journey

As both a cat and music lover, I couldn't resist bringing the two together in my latest series of illustrations. This set shows Bax, a feline music enthusiast, on a journey to pursue his greatest passion, becoming a musician. Read More

Kevin Barry and Marlo Garnsworthy holding their awards

NESCBWI 2014 Recap

These past few months have been a whirlwind of excitement and change! One of my favorite events each year is the regional NESCBWI (New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) conference Read More

Infirm Pachyderm illustration

Happy New Year

I'm a little late in getting this post up but...Happy New Year! The start of a new year marks a time when we all reflect on our goals and plans for the coming months ahead. A new year imparts the feeling of a fresh start, where new Read More

Westfield's Into the Arts Festival

Into the Arts Festival

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting Juniper Park Elementary School in Westfield, MA. After teaching the students a little bit about illustration, children's books, and storytelling Read More

Illustration of a penguin reading while fishing

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year! Last year was an amazing journey! From attending the 13th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City in January to spending time at the Read More

A cat and mouse look up at a portrait of a dog

Some Classical Fun

As usual, it's been a busy past few months. Between web design classes, freelance work, and my own illustration projects, my creative plate has been quite full! Read More

Graduation photo of Zak Shapiro, A.P. Sabourin, and Doug B. Horak

A Light That Still Shines Bright

Life is an unpredictable thing. Time, something that must always be valued and respected. A few weeks ago, I learned just how true these statements are when I discovered that a very close friend had Read More

Sketches of dog faces influenced by a Raphael portrait

Sketches for a New Illustration

I did several quick pen and ink studies for a spot illustration I worked on about a month ago. Before posting up the finished piece, I thought it would be fun to show some of the process work behind it. Read More

A drawing of the wild things waving goodbye to Max

Farewell, “King of All Wild Things”

On Tuesday, the picture book world lost one of its greatest talents, Maurice Sendak. His career spanned several decades, stimulating and influencing the imaginations of so many people, young and old alike. Read More

A girl paints a beautiful ship for the magistrate

NESCBWI 2012 Conference

Before I jump into the conference details, I must first excitedly announce that my entry into the NESCBWI 2012 Poster Contest placed second in the Unpublished Category! Read More

An elephant being carried away by ballons

If Elephants Could Fly

After going through Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland series, I really wanted to practice some of his page design techniques. Read More

Sketches of Chicken Licken posing for mugshots

Chicken Licken Mugshots

I can't believe it's been a month since my last post! It would be an understatement to say I fell a little behind on my blogging duties! Read More

Sketch of a snowman

Countdown to the SCBWI Winter Conference

In just a few days, the 13th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference will begin! From Friday, January 27th until Sunday January 29th, children's writers, illustrators, agents, art directors, editors, publishers, and Read More

A turkey dressed up in a Santa outfit, jingling a bell

Is that a Turkey Wearing a Santa Suit?

I thought I'd have a little fun with this post and toss a seasonal sketch up. Anyone wondering what happened to the many turkeys who escaped the Thanksgiving meal may have their answer here. Read More

portrait sketch of my sister

A Portrait for Your Thoughts

Portraits are always a challenging endeavor. And, regardless of how much experience an artist might have, they continue to teach us new things. Although there are general anatomical rules to follow, it's always interesting Read More

3 different jack-o-lanterns making facial expressions

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! As a child, Halloween night is always an exciting time. All of the preparation, from choosing a costume and setting up the festive decorations to carving a face on your pumpkin Read More

Character studies of a rabbit character

Some More Character Studies

The opening reception for the Hartford Art School Alumni Juried Exhibition went very well! There was a nice turnout. The show contains a wide variety of styles and media. Read More