The beginning of 2011 saw us move to the city of Calgary, Alberta, into a fun, trendy, and central neighborhood. We settled into an apartment with a studio space and enjoyed staying in one place for a while. It was nice to reconnect with family and old friends. But we also made many new friends this year.
I did illustration work for a bunch of new clients. I got a part time job to get me out of the studio and to take some of the pressure off of illustrating. And I learned a ton about spices thanks to The Silk Road Spice Merchant. My favorite dish that I learned to make this year was Louisiana Shrimp Gumbo. Yum.
The biggest joy 2011 brought was definitely being commissioned by Fitzhenry & Whiteside to illustrate the picture book Bye, Bye, Butterflies. It's been a goal of mine to do that since I graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2002. It took 9 years, but I did it!
Happy New Year everyone!