March 17, 2017

Greetings from the Santa Cruz Mountains–I’ve been even more of a hermit than usual lately, hanging out here at home and working on a few projects. One of them has just been announced: SST Publications of Birmingham, U.K., has offered our art book, October Fields, for pre-ordering. It’s an honor to be included in SST’s Art Book Series; my volume is #5 in the series, which has also featured Daniele Serra, Keith Minnion, Tomislav Tikulin, and Vincent Sammy–what great company! Scott Thomas, acclaimed author of ghostly tales and an artist, himself, has written the introduction for this book, and gracious colleagues and associates have been generous in providing blurbs or reviews.

From SST’s website: “This book features artwork rooted in the earthy, the mysterious dark, the dreamworld–it’s Autumn work, smelling of smoke and following secret, twisted pathways.”

In addition to the art book, I’m working steadily on artwork for a lovely volume from Cemetery Dance Publications, which I can’t wait to see finished…the story is written by one of my favorite authors, and it is deliciously spooky. When these projects are complete, I will return to personal work and keep at that, unless more publishing jobs present themselves–I’ll always be happy to illustrate for new books if they’re a good fit.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those who celebrate it. I probably have a measure of Irish ancestry, but I think it’s more likely largely Scottish and Welsh…so I’m going to celebrate the day with artwork, poetry, some time spent in the garden this afternoon, and good music. Rain’s approaching, and by Monday we’ll be soggy again, so I’m determined to get out and soak up some sun today.

May you all be blessed with good health, good fortune, and happiness on this fine Friday.


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