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Illuminated,

a manuscript

Part fairy tale, part mystical journey, this visual memoir is about walking through darkness and arriving at a new beginning. With simple words and lush and layered imagery, it offers a love story that meets readers wherever they are—whether in the throes of passion or brokenhearted. It provides the timeless message that love saves—but with the gentle reminder that it must begin from within.

In the beginning, I thought I was just making paintings, but after awhile, it felt like I was painting a book. As a longtime fan of graphic novels and illuminated manuscripts, I sought to combine the two in my own way.