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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!

Home sweet San Francisco: On travel, life, and coming home.

Home sweet San Francisco: On travel, life, and coming home.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015

San Francisco is teaching me that home can be a person, but on a greater level, home is all of the people in our life, whose combined presence forms an emotional foundation just as significant as any physical one.

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.

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.