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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!

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.

Coming up for air on Lake Atitlán.

Coming up for air on Lake Atitlán.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

My mind raced to plan adventures, but my soul swiftly put her foot down—because deep down, my soul knew that what I really needed most from these seven weeks is stillness.

An illustrated history of Girona.

An illustrated history of Girona.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015

Here in Catalonia, where there’s such a debate taking place over the region’s future, it seemed all the more important—vital, even—to understand Girona’s past before I could begin to imagine its path forward.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Drawing connections in Girona.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

For me, every connection is a tiny knot in the thousand fraying threads we carry with us. Every encounter is a part of the larger tapestry coming to life, slowly being woven into significance.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

From Colombia to Costa Brava: Introducing a new sketching adventure.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

If sketching the mural in Athens taught me anything, it’s that new ideas do indeed have a way of stretching our minds, just as windows are opened to the coming of spring.

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.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Illustrated inspiration from Book Passage Travel Writers Conference 2014.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

The past four days gifted me a series of phrases that have been circling in my head from the moment I heard them, so this year I thought – why not let Book Passage speak for itself?