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.

Mother Tongue: Notes on memoirs, maps, and magical thinking.

Mother Tongue: Notes on memoirs, maps, and magical thinking.

Posted on May 21, 2016

Creating the cover illustration for Christine Gilbert’s new memoir, Mother Tongue—and by extension, getting to help tell Christine’s story visually—was both a joy and an incredible honor.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016

To land in Stockholm, and have my first port-of-call be a place that some of my best friends had stayed in not two months earlier, was a welcome point of connection to my San Francisco community.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

On a brisk Sunday morning in Stockholm, I can remember the feeling of being on the brink of it all. As though hidden behind a cobblestoned bend of its own, our future lay out of sight, but still within reach.

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
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