The Shoe Boy is Duncan McCue's account of a season spent hunting on a Northern Quebec trapline as a teenager. McCue is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, and his memoir is a rendering of a landscape and culture few people know.
In Opium Eater, Carlyn Zwarenstein writes about her experience with pain, drugs and creativity in a funny, compassionate, high energy voice.
The Shoe Boy cover painting is inspired by this photo of geese taken by one of Duncan McCue's Cree friends in the bush. Courtesy of Duncan.
Le Nom de l'Arbre
Illustrations for a story inspired by a traditional African tale and written by Stéphanie Bénéteau. Published by Planète Rebelle in 2015.
Download it direct with embedded art and narrative for each track here
"Le temps d'Homère...était une époque ou a travers l'homme s'exprimait des dieux, des forces spirituelles. C'est ainsi qu'Homère ne parle pas en son propre nom mais dise: Chante-moi, ô Muse, le colère d'Achille!" R. Steiner
How big must a wooden horse be to house an army? How large a gift before you doubt its good intentions? A battalion keeps silent in the horse’s belly, jumbled limbs against spears within the city walls. Slowly, darkness closes on the towers of Ilium. Like stars, the soldiers glint against the gates, winking into the night one by one.
Album cover illustration
The Greeks, though small in number, attack with the force of a thousand armies from within Troy's own walls.
The House Party
Athena transforms Odysseus into a beggar for disguise. The once-noble palace has become a shameless drunken party. One particularly aggressive suitor challenges Odysseus to a boxing match.
Having slain the evil suitors, the royal family is reunited.
It's not too late...
All songs end in quiet, so while this one still sounds, listen! Once our story began with a man who wandered, longing for home. Odysseus begins another story, another song, as the shores of Ithaca recede behind his boats and he once again turns his face into hard winds and the spray of storm-tossed seas.
Odysseus reveals his true identity to Telemachus, the son who has never known him.
Sketch for Pigz in Space
The Sacred Bee
Illustrations for a documentary film uniting the world's major religions through the paradigm of the bee. 2012.
Watercolor, colored pencil & graphite on paper.
The monkey & the honeycomb
Who are you?
Illustration proposal for children's poem. 2011. Mixed media.
Available. Please email for inquiries.
You are the roar of the lion and the song of the bird
Band poster and CD design for Montreal troubadours Alaric's House. 2011
A micro fable by Maricarmen Mendoza about the encounter between a snail and its shadow drawn by the sun. 2008.
These pieces were commissioned by the United Nations Postal Administration and issued as a stamp series by the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Vienna and NYC. I enjoyed designing visuals for use in such a tiny format because I've always been drawn to the miniature. This was a dream commission, as the UN folks gave me complete creative freedom!
2007. Watercolor and gold leaf.
Drop me an email if you would like a set of these gold-embossed babies.