About the Process

Unique Little Story Paintings for Unique Little Kids

I have always loved working with wonderful, wacky, whimsical words.

Whenever I receive a commission for a story painting, I start with my dad’s old dictionary, writing down any word that “pops.”  Eventually a story forms– with characters and setting—all beginning with the first letter of the child’s name.

Step two involves pencil studies of animals, plants and anything else the story calls for.


Next I create a very detailed pencil drawing that incorporates the text and submit the drawing to the client.  Once the client approves, I transfer the drawing to watercolor paper.  I use black ink for the text and Winsor and Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors for brilliance and saturation.

I have created 139 of these story paintings, and I’ve enjoyed every single one.