A few years back, before I got interested in illustration as a career choice I was a painter.
I still am a painter, only now I use pixels instead of pigment.
Here is another one of my paintings from that time period.
This one was donated to the Friends of the Library for a fundraiser that took place earlier this Summer.
One day when I was on my lunch break, I checked my email on my phone. I noticed that I had a message from Cape Cod Magazine asking to use a photo of my painting in the next edition
(I didn't scroll to the bottom of the email). What I did was quickly reply, "Sure, let me know what you need." and went back to work.
When I got home I re-read the email and scrolled to the bottom to discover that they weren't talking about the library fundraiser. They were talking about using the a photo of the painting, "Ready" to be paired with an excerpt from Sara Pennypacker's new book, "The Summer of the Gypsy Moths".
I knew about the new book because I had seen the beautiful cover by Julia Denos on her blog.
I remember my own "Summer of the Gypsy Moths "and I am excited to read it, along with my daughter.
I asked that the editors mention that I was represented by the W.H.Lutz Gallery in Harwichport and sent them the file with a photo of the painting.
This week (at a family party, no less) my parents had gotten a hold of the magazine.
When I painted this I had no idea that I would be interested in pursuing a career in illustration and children's literature.
But now, I am, "Ready".