Now I see myself as a storyteller. My goal is to create heart-centered work – in the form of art, illustration and design – that tells a purposeful, enriching story.
And currently I am actively storytelling! I wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Weeds in Nana’s Garden.” This creation, published in 2016, marked the end of a long and personal journey for me. In 2005, my mom was diagnosed with Early-Onset Dementia at the age of 62. In the years following, my family and I learned firsthand about the heart-ache of the disease. After my mother’s death in 2010, I made a decision to do something to help – something that would increase awareness and provide support to families dealing with a dementia disease.
I realized that by applying my varied skills, I could create a children’s book. Furthermore, I decided to create an indie publishing company – Flipturn Publishing – to launch the work so that I could extend my support beyond the book, and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, an organization that has supported me greatly.
Today, my debut book has been on the Amazon Best-seller list, has won several awards and has been released in 3 other languages in order to reach famlies around the world! For more information, visit: https://weedsinnanasgarden.com
And this Spring, I am excited to announce that Flipturn Publishing will be launching another children’s book about dementia. Through a collaboration with writer and Dementia Care Expert, Jaclyn Guenette, and my illustrations, the picture book “I Smile For Grandpa” will be available in June 2018.
I hope you find this book, and much of my work, to be candid explorations into the ways of the heart. Thank-you.