Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite featured on Hunger Mountain

I was recently featured on the Vermont College of Fine Arts online literary magazine, Hunger Mountain. I discussed my process for illustrating the book Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, written by Anna Harwell Celenza, to be published by Charlesbridge Publishing. The article is called Toot Toot Tootie Toot: an Illustrator Captures Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Hope you’ll check it out.

Excerpt: “My first few pieces were awful, and I almost abandoned the idea [of using watercolors] all together. But that would have meant returning to my typical technique of acrylic painting, layering and layering transparent colors. There was absolutely no time for that, and besides, I’d already invested way too much money in watercolor paper, acrylic watercolor, India ink, watercolor brushes. There was no turning back.”