Tuesday Tea Time

My shop is now open on Etsy with a selection of sixteen limited edition signed prints. Included currently are food related illustrations and lots of tea cup prints—or coffee, if you prefer. The photo above shows how great they would look in a simple frame. And more of my work is coming to the shop soon!

Opening Soon!

Ever wanted to purchase a print of my art or illustration? In a few days you will be able to! I have been busily working behind the scenes preparing the images and information to open my shop on Etsy (a retail site for artists and craftspeople). For starters, my shop will offer beautiful limited edition prints that are numbered and signed by me. They are printed with archival inks on luxurious 100% cotton fine art paper. In the future I might also add small original paintings and other creations to my shop. This week there will certainly be lots of food oriented art prints for your kitchen or dining area. So get ready to shop! I’ll supply the print. You provide the frame. And voila! Your spirits and your room get a colorful lift!

Launching Cook the Part

I am off to celebrate in San Diego this weekend at the Launch Party for the cookbook “Cook the Part.” It is the cookbook that I designed and illustrated these past months for author Karin Eastham. Above is the illustration for the chapter called “Comfort Food.” I’ll post party photos when I return next week!

Tuesday Tea Time

I have been illustrating a lot of food these past few months and it’s showing up in my tea cup series. Today’s cup features some cheery cherries. I love eating cherries and am reminded of a delicious three cherry tart I made using dried, fresh and brandied cherries. But they’re also just a fresh sweet treat at tea time, plain and simple like my image above.
“Cup Pot & Cherries”, digital illustration

My Part in "Cook the Part"

Here is a sneak peek at what I am working on…drum roll please. Above is my cover illustration and design for an upcoming cookbook authored by Karin Eastham. Besides illustrating and book design, I also love entertaining, cooking and eating with friends. So I was thrilled to be a part of “Cook the Part” a cookbook that is all about cooking together. You’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see the other colorful illustrations for each of the chapters and the rest of the design, but I thought this would whet your appetite!

Harvest Moon & Autumn Apples

This rare Harvest moon falls on the day of the autumn equinox, which won’t occur again until 2029! It ushers in both the official start of fall and an abundance of apples fresh from the orchards to farmers markets and grocer’s bins. Above is my artwork (available as a limited edition print) inspired by the crisp air and crisp apples of this wonderful season. I’ve invited my friend the cookbook author Marguerite Henderson to share her delicious recipe below — a sneak peek from her upcoming dessert book, Small Sweet Indulgences, scheduled for release next fall, 2011. I hope you enjoy my art, apples and autumn with tonight’s radiant full moon!


4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 D’Anjou pears, peeled and thinly sliced
juice and zest of 1 lemon
¾ cup brown sugar
3 T. butter, cut into small pieces
2 T. cornstarch
1 tsp. kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; place in a 13” x 9” ceramic or decorative baking dish.

Crumble Topping:

1 cup flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
4 T. butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and crumble with your hands to make sure it is well mixed. Pour over the prepared fruits. Bake in preheated 375o oven for 45 -50 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. Serves 8.
NOTE: Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Farmers Market

Do you love to go to the local farmers market as much as I do? I was so happy to create the above illustration and design the poster and promotional materials for the Downtown Farmers Market here in Salt Lake City. They kicked off the season with a fundraising opening party Monday night at a local brew pub. The food was a delicious array of local artisanal purveyors–cheeses, meats, breads, greens and more. A big hit was a local distillers sampling of their oat-based vodka and rye whiskey. The market opens this Saturday. We may have to take an umbrella, but hopefully these last two weeks of rain will bring an abundant harvest!

Get Your Goat

Recently we, and some of our “foodie” friends, put together a Goat Fest. A local rancher provided the fresh goat meat and everyone made a delicious offering. The buffet had wonderful salads, green coconut rice, and goat prepared in many ways–Rendang, goat chops with wild mushrooms, and broiled ribs. My husband Mikel made an elegant Moroccan basteeya, sheathed in thin layers of phyllo and dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar (he is the cook at our house). It is traditionally made with pigeon or chicken but he did it with goat and it was a big hit! I wish I had photos to share but you can read a little more about the feast at my friends blog In this morning’s New York Times there is an article about dining on goat. Here is the link My painting of “Nymphs with Goat” is one of my series of acrylic on plywood.