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 & Teaching Speaking & Teaching

As a self-made creative entrepreneur and seasoned world traveler, with over seven years of experience through 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 & Editing Writing & Editing

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.

Book giveaway: Don George’s The Way of Wanderlust

Book giveaway: Don George’s The Way of Wanderlust

Posted on Sep 1, 2015

I loved sharing the evolution of Don George’s beautiful new collection of stories, The Way of Wanderlust, here recently, and today, I couldn’t be more excited to be giving away two signed copies.

Book Passage 2015: Notes on teaching, touchstones, and the crossing of thresholds.

Book Passage 2015: Notes on teaching, touchstones, and the crossing of thresholds.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015

The Book Passage travel writing and photography conference is a kind of touchstone place I keep returning to, and yet each year finds us all moving forward in our lives and work as well.

Take FLYTE: Notes on the power of travel.

Take FLYTE: Notes on the power of travel.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015

I will always believe in the power of travel to point us down the paths we’re meant to pursue—the world plants seeds, and in time, life brings them to fruition.

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