Welcome to the Great Affair!

My name is Candace, I’m a writer and sketch artist, and I’m really glad you stopped by. Have a look around, and then 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 Sketching

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.

The eternal circle: An illustrated history of yurts.

The eternal circle: An illustrated history of yurts.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

It is this blurring of worlds I will miss the most when it comes time to leave my yurt on Salt Spring – an eternal circle I will endeavor to keep living under, no matter where I call home next.

Introducing the Great Affair’s newsletter.

Introducing the Great Affair’s newsletter.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014

It’s on milestones like today, when I can look back and remember how much leaving London felt like a giant leap into the unknown, that I’m filled with so much gratitude that I’ve been able to keep going.

A watercolor wander to Burgoyne Bay.

A watercolor wander to Burgoyne Bay.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

How do you describe the momentary beauty of two trumpeter swans or a Great Horned Owl? I’m beginning to realize that you can’t, but you can move through each day with an awareness that invites them.

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