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.

My Etsy Shop My Etsy Shop

From whimsical house renderings to custom hand-drawn maps, I love working on original watercolor paintings that capture the places that hold meaning for you.

Sketching & Illustration Sketching & Illustration

As an artist and visual storyteller, there is nothing more thrilling for me than bringing a scene to life on the pages of my sketchbook – be it my backyard or the back of beyond.

Writing Writing

As a writer and photographer, my passion is documenting moments of deep cultural immersion – 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.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

The past four days gifted me a series of phrases that have been circling in my head from the moment I heard them, so this year I thought – why not let Book Passage speak for itself?

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014

As I studied the Puget Sound in my scooter’s rear-view mirror, I realized then that the greatest gift that Vashon gave me this summer was the gift of reflection – the gift of looking back.

Introducing my next sketching adventure!

Introducing my next sketching adventure!

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

It’s yet another lesson I’ve learned this year: As scary as the unknown can be – be it our future or simply a new corner of the world – it’s up to us to finally fill in the blanks…not to mention our sketchbooks.

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.

Don George

“For the header of my new website, I wanted a sketch that would be a story, 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
Kim Dinan

“I’ve hired Candace for a few jobs now. In both instances I only had a vague idea of what I was looking for. I told Candace my thoughts and she came back to me with sketches more beautiful and perfect than I’d even imagined. If you are looking for a unique and beautiful design or sketch, you will not be disappointed.”

- Kim Dinan