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.


Next I create a very detailed pencil drawing that includes the story 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’ve created 146 of these story paintings and enjoyed every one.