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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!

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?

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

An illustrated love letter to Vashon Island.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014

As I studied the Puget Sound in my scooter’s rear-view mirror, I realized then that the greatest gift that Vashon gave me this summer was the gift of reflection – the gift of looking back.

Introducing my next sketching adventure!

Introducing my next sketching adventure!

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

It’s yet another lesson I’ve learned this year: As scary as the unknown can be – be it our future or simply a new corner of the world – it’s up to us to finally fill in the blanks…not to mention our sketchbooks.

My one-year Etsy-versary: Notes on listening to the flow.

My one-year Etsy-versary: Notes on listening to the flow.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

I’m learning that just because our dreams change and take on a different shape doesn’t mean we’re giving up on them – it simply means we’re listening to what’s working. We’re listening to the flow.

Notes from an island in the Puget Sound.

Notes from an island in the Puget Sound.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014

I keep thinking about the mysterious ways in which life often works – planting seeds when we least expect it, and then giving us equally unexpected opportunities to bring those seeds to fruition.