Congratulations to the Loon!

Last year, I illustrated a series of birds for Canadian Geographic to tie in with their attempt to get Canadians to pick a National Bird. According the Maclean’s, the results are in – and the winner is the Loon!

Congrats to the loon for being voted as the national bird of Canada!

Incidentally, all of the runners up were birds that I also illustrated. Here they are:

#2 - Snowy owl
#2 – Snowy owl
#3 - Gray jay/whiskey jack
#3 – Gray jay/whiskey jack
#4 - Canada goose
#4 – Canada goose
#5 - Black capped chickadee
#5 – Black capped chickadee

Being lame, I think I voted for the Loon myself… although afterwards I thought I should have voted for the Gray Jay. But all of the birds were fun to paint!

Picture books!

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Very happy to (belatedly) announce 2 picture books I worked on with Inhabit Media!

Fishing with Grandma and Leah’s Mustache Party are both wonderful picture books that are written by Inuit authors. Fishing with Grandma is a story about a young boy learning traditional ice fishing from his grandmother. Leah’s Mustache Party is about a young Inuit girl who decides to have a mustache themed birthday party, eschewing the usual girly themes of princesses and fairies.

Both books are available in Inuktitut as well as English.


Meow Foundation calendar

This appeared in my mail just in time for National Cat Day!

I was so happy to be asked to contribute to the Meow Foundation’s 2016 calendar. The Meow Foundation is a Calgary based cat-focused registered charity and humane society with a no-kill mandate. The 2016 calendar features wonderful artwork and photography featuring a MEOW cat; proceeds from the sale of the calendars go to support the foundation and the cats they help. Thank a bunch to Tara for inviting me to participate in this!

You can buy the calendar at retailers in Calgary now! See more artwork below too:  Continue reading Meow Foundation calendar