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

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Sketching Peru: In praise of the eternal moment.

Sketching Peru: In praise of the eternal moment.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

Although I loved witnessing the world wonder of Machu Picchu, the greatest wonder I felt in Peru occurred on a much smaller scale—the scale of single slices of pineapple and of simple gifts, given simply.

Found in translation: A love letter to language learning.

Found in translation: A love letter to language learning.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

More and more, I’m realizing these little moments are one way of marking our progress in a foreign language—they are the tiny minnows that would have otherwise swum right through the net of our mind.

Seven hours in El Salvador: Notes on life’s unexpected gifts.

Seven hours in El Salvador: Notes on life’s unexpected gifts.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

It’s all too easy to doubt our decisions—but every now and then, I’m grateful for the moments when we suddenly know, without any doubt at all, that our steps have led us in the right direction.

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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