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 seasoned traveler, with over five years of experience through 40+ countries, I love connecting with people and sharing the skills and stories I’ve learned along the way.

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.

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.

Drawing connections in Cartagena.

Drawing connections in Cartagena.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014

For isn’t seeing the truest, most important thing? And isn’t it the very reason we travel? To see the world for ourselves – with our own eyes and ears, and with our own hands and hearts.

Summer’s Sketchbook 2014.

Summer’s Sketchbook 2014.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

From beautiful Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest to the infinite beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I tried to pull out my sketchbook as often as possible during this stateside summer.

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 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