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This is Ella! Book Release PARTY!

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I am so happy to announce that This is Ella is finished and set for release this month!

Krista and Ella will be coming down to Washington next month to celebrate and I am so stoked!

Looking Glass Coffee in Snohomish has generously offered their beautiful venue for the book release party on December 16th from 6:30 to 8:30.

Then on Sunday, December 17th we will be at The Never-ending Bookshop in Bothell from 1-3ish to talk about the book.

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and hours upon hours of work, Krista worked with the folks at Friesen Press to produce paperback, hardbound and ebook versions of the book.  She has done a stellar job on the writing and handling all the publishing details.  She is a rockstar.  I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of working with her on this book.

It was purely a pleasure to illustrate sweet Ella and I hope with all my heart that the children who read this book will be helped to see the beauty in diversity.

To purchase the book you can go directly to the Friesen Press online bookstore.

The paperback version is also on Barnes and Noble.

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Without Complaining

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” 

Philippians 2:14-16a

It may seem a little silly, but I often think of housework when I read this verse. 

Can I really shine like a star while folding underwear? 

It says all things. 

I have come to realize that this is just one of those things that I have to constantly sanctify in my mind. In Christ housework is holy.  Laundry. Folding socks. All of it. When done with a heart that is abiding in The Word, Jesus, it has eternal value.  Because day by day Christ is at work in me, changing me, so that more and more I come to resemble the Child of God that I am in Him. 🙂 

Shining like a star. 


This is Ella

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

I want to share with you all a project I am currently working on illustrating.

‘This is Ella’ is a beautifully written book about a vivacious little girl named Ella. This book is designed to help children see the beauty in diversity.

Ella is a fun loving little girl, just about to start school. While she may speak a little differently than you, and she may look a little different than you, she can be a really good friend.

This is a grassroots project, written by my friend Krista Lee Ewert, who also happens to be Ella’s mom.

To find out how you can support this project or to purchase the book, you can visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8716905/this-is-ella

You can also find out more at: http://www.kristaewert.com

Galiano Island

Last month my family and I had the pleasure of visiting beautiful British Columbia and ferrying across the way to Galiano Island.  We visited twice, and the second time I was sure to bring my watercolors and moleskin, because  the crummy paper and crayola pencils I brought along the first time just weren’t cutting it.

In the end I only had a few minutes to paint.

I can’t complain though, we had a truly wonderful time celebrating the marriage of our very dear friends.


We will be sure to return, Lord willing. My boys loved the Island as much as I did.

Until next time.

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My younger brother got married on Saturday. It was a fantastically fun wedding. Beautiful, joyful and heartfelt. 

I painted some signs and an 8’x8′ mural, which was used as a photo backdrop.


Everything was done in acrylic on canvas, except the mural, which was done on OSB. 

There was ice cream at the wedding. 😊

The mural was of Beethoven ‘s Fur Elise, or as close to it as this non-musical artist could manage. 

I used masking tape guidelines at first and then did the rest free-hand.

Me and my new sister in law. ❤️

And me and my boys. We did look a lot sharper earlier in the day but then we all danced like crazy at the reception. This is the appearance of a a family that has been celebrating.