New beginnings

Its been at least a month since I wrote and painted but during this time a lot has happened. The first was an email notifying me that THE STORY EMPORIUM won BEST OF 2012 – “The best place to hear a children’s story” and I have to say I am honored! It is listed in the August RI Monthly Issue. Along with this great news I have been invited to be a guest on a Boston TV show to read to children which I am VERY excited about and in addition to that, I have been contacted by The Rhode Show for a day at THE STORY EMPORIUM! Such great things coming about, now if I could only get there LOL.

This summer I got a chance to teach in Boston and I have to say I had a wonderful time. That being said I would like to get some workshops going at The Story Emporium. I attempted to in the past only to get overwhelmed, however having a chance to teach elsewhere reconnected me with my love for teaching so I am eager to get some workshops going.

I am updating THE STORY EMPORIUM website and workshops now that I have internet access again so keep your eyes open and please, if you were disappointed before because a workshop cancelled don’t worry, things are in better order now and the workshops will be absolutely WONDERFUL.

I would like to end this post by thanking everyone who has followed and supported my art and writing in one way or another. It’s because of you that my career is flourishing.

Sincerely my friends…



Dusty Butterfly Painting Completed


I have put another painting on THE STORY EMPORIUM wall, this one is of The Dusty Butterfly who plays quite a large role in “A Trashy Novel” –  my latest book that is in the editing stage… hooray! While writing this novel I thought I would never see the end of it but finally after years of thinking and percolating ideas then 2 years of putting it together I finally have the evidence of a finished piece of work. When I wrote and illustrated my three picture books the same process took place where I felt hopeless and couldn’t finish. I have to say the novel was the worst of all four books when it came to the ominous feeling of complete and utter doom that I would never reach the end. The great part is the more I wrote it and got to know each character and how they all related to each other the plots twisted into each other naturally and a real world full of fantasy blossomed and came to life. What a feeling of accomplishment! All I have to say at this point in the process is I truly hope you come to love and enjoy the characters I created and get lost in the world I created for them. If you do then I can happily say, I’ve done my job. 

Thank you everyone who follows my work and especially those who pass the word on about it to their friends. It’s through you that my work becomes known and enjoyed by others and to be quite honest is what makes the many hours of creating worth it. 

Please feel free to visit my studio any Saturday at http://www.thestoryemporium.org and see what my latest creations are. 

Until next time…. keep creating!



Open Art Studio This Weekend & Booksigning

What a great day today. I met so many wonderful people at my new art studio “The Story Emporium” and I look forward to meeting so many more tomorrow. Please stop in and say hello if you have a chance – I will be there from 11-5. The address is The Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Suite 8216, Pawtucket, RI I also have books for sale at the Johnston Apple Festival if you are in that area tomorrow. Unfortunately I cannot be in both places at once.