m wood pen

illustrator of books, cocktails, travel + more

To the dismay of my youngest child, I’ve encouraged the habitation of a posse of little birds that nest and chirp near my mudroom porch. Her reasons for panic are justified. I’m also a big film buff, and treated my children to a Friday night of Alfred Hitchcock classics ages ago. It never occurred to …

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The life of a freelance illustrator is akin to being on a permanent job hunt. My cottage industry, started on a whim, is a proverbial revolving door, with projects and new clients flying in and out, delivering a query, a challenge, some inspiration, plenty of enthusiasm and eventually, a check in the mail. Whimsy, luck, …

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  i have even more of an appreciation for writers now that i’ve begun the daunting task of this blog: it’s no piece of cake. for the last week, i’ve felt like someone took a paint scraper and removed every shred of creative thought from my head. literally.  all gone. granted, what remained was a …

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