"Books Illustrated" (= Ann James, Ann Haddon), they have been working so hard for illustrators, authors and promoting Australian picture books to overseas, day and night. I heartily hope that Ann James and Ann Haddon's honour will gain a public attention to children's literacy and picutre books in Australia and a world. Really the amazing two.
Ann JamesAnn J and Ann H have been so sweet and mentoring me for these five years. When I started my mentorship, Libby Gleeson (already recieved Order of Australia) and anyone said to me, "You are so lucky to have Ann!" Yes, indeed. It was blessing.
I always wondered how the Books Illustrated could make time for a mentree. Not many people can do such sensitive and caring support like the pair do. While they were achieving significant works nationally and internationally, they helped me. When they were overseas, Ann said to me, "Send me your work by email (*I was struggling to illustrate "Moon")," and gave me feedback in such extremely busy circumstances. I do not have words how to say thanks to them. I thoroughly celebrate my mentors' honour. They have been dedicating their lives to promote literacy.
I've been working on the two picture book projects under the supervision of Helen Chamberlin and with the assistance of Books Illustrated. I'm creating stories and developing a storyboard for a project. Right now, I'm reviewing the first storyboard. Sometimes, I have a headache and get stuck, but very happy. With what I've learned from the mentorship, I will create picture books and make children happy in Australia and around a world -- is my dream!
A physio therapy has started. The left wrist functions very well. The left shoulder needs lots of work. A bit painful though, I'll make it happen.
Friends, Happy Painting!