Advance Copy!

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I was excited to receive the advance copy of my next picture book, The Wild Beast, a wonderful African folktale retold by author, Eric Walters. Can’t wait for the launch from Orca Book Publishers in Fall 2018!

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Interview with author, Aimee Reid

Aimee Reid, author of the enchanting picture book, Mama’s Day with Little Gray, interviewed me for her blog about children’s books. Check it out and read her other fascinating interviews with children’s authors and illustrators.

Kirkus Review!

I was thrilled to receive a star Kirkus Review of An African Alphabet, a board book by Eric Walters, published by Orca Book Publishers. I am excited to be working with Orca and Eric again on a new picture book, The Wild Beast, coming in Fall 2018!

The After Party

A good time was had by all on Fathers Day at Indigo Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto. Lots of budding artists of all ages stopped by to try their hand at printmaking and stamping characters from An African Alphabet by Eric Walters, published by Orca Books. Thanks to Christie Williamson, Customer Experience Manager, IndigoKids, for inviting me back and for making the event a huge success!

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Interview with Orca Book Publishers

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Coinciding with the launch of An African Alphabet, Orca Books has posted an interview about my linocutting technique, “Learning about Linocutting.” This board book, written by Eric Walters, introduces babies and toddlers to a unique collection of African animals.

The Making of An African Alphabet

Coming March 14 to a bookstore near you, AN AFRICAN ALPHABET, written by awesome children’s author, Eric Walters, published by Orca Books and Illustrated by me!

The final cover art is accompanied by photos of my process: the rough dummy, a collage of carved linoleum, my printmaking press, and some final black and white prints. The next step is to scan the prints and colour them in Photoshop.

Black History Month

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I was commissioned by Andrew Perro Design to create a mockup for a Canada Post stamp. To illustrate this portrait of Mathieu Da Costa, the first black man to visit Canada in the early 1600s, I researched his life as a free African employed as a translator by French traders and explorers. Da Costa spoke French, Dutch, Portuguese and possibly some North American aboriginal languages. My interpretation of Mathieu is a hand-carved linocut with digital color.