“Zadie” is my 130th story painting.
Commissioned by her great grandmother, Zadie’s painting features my first zebra,
though hers is the sixth Z-name I have done in the past 27 years.
I’ve been watching train videos of Switzerland, and so “Zurich” came to mind immediately.
This beautiful cathedral clock tower is a landmark of that city.
I’ve always loved the word “zeppelin,” though I am not fond of zucchini.
And I was surprised to find out that “zazzle”–the name of the print-on-demand company I use–
is an actual adjective, closely related to “dazzling!”
“Abram” is my 128th story painting.
Commissioned by his parents, Abram’s painting features one of my all-time favorite characters,
the inept amateur archaeologist, Alonzo. Initially, I resisted using alligators,
but Alonzo insisted on coming to goofy life on my drawing pad.
As for Madam Akiko, I had no idea she was a Japanese emigre to the Amazon
until her hairstyle appeared! Abram’s painting is only
the third or fourth vertically-oriented story painting.
“Cooper” is the 126th story-painting, and only the second to feature chinchillas.
I love painting snow and crazy Christmas sweaters, and I thought these little guys needed something warm after
their chilly ride down the mountain. I don’t actually know if chinchillas like cashews
in their cocoa, but I’m guessing they do!