Welcome to the Great Affair!

My name is Candace, I’m a writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and I’m glad you stopped by. Have a look around, or drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you for reading!

Where life and work collide

A little bit about what I love to do.

Speaking Speaking

As a self-made creative entrepreneur and seasoned traveler, with over six years of experience through nearly 50 countries, I love sharing the stories and skills I’ve learned along the way.

Sketching & Illustration Sketching & Illustration

As a sketch artist and visual storyteller drawing inspiration from the world, my passion for illustration lies at the heart of where culture, connection, and creativity all converge.

Writing Writing

As an insatiably curious writer, I document moments of deep cultural immersion and connection – from a pearl farm in the South Pacific to a village of sea gypsies in Thailand.

From the blog

Catch all the latest sketches and stories.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

For me, every connection is a tiny knot in the thousand fraying threads we carry with us. Every encounter is a part of the larger tapestry coming to life, slowly being woven into significance.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

If sketching the mural in Athens taught me anything, it’s that new ideas do indeed have a way of stretching our minds, just as windows are opened to the coming of spring.

Postcard from Santa Marta, Colombia.

Postcard from Santa Marta, Colombia.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

The Santa Marta I’ve come to know doesn’t feel too especially historic, at least not after my initial week in Cartagena. What it feels like is local, unassuming, lived in, and for this reason I have grown to love it.

Through the stories and sketches I share here, I hope

you’ll fall in love with the world and the myriad possibilities

it has to offer. Follow along, and stay in touch!




Just a few of the wonderful people I’ve worked with.

Paula Froelich

“I loved working with Candace – her illustrations are not only beautiful but descriptive. I needed something very specific and she delivered quickly and en pointe. The video that her work is used in is cited by many as the most artistic and creative of the A Broad Abroad Series.”

- Paula Froelich
Don George

“For the header of my new website, I wanted a sketch that would tell the tale of my life. Candace worked with me to figure out what had been the defining places, moments, of that story – and then captured them perfectly! She rendered the story of my life more beautifully, charmingly, and movingly than I could ever have imagined.”

- Don George
Amy Gigi Alexander

“Candace was such a pleasure to work with. Within a week, she sent me the preliminary sketches, and they were exactly what I wanted. Using the palette I had in mind, she re-created my journey with her brushstrokes. Her sketches tie my website together, and people who read my blog are entranced by the ethereal feeling they induce.”

- Amy Gigi Alexander