I am honored to be the featured artist for Colored Pencil Magazine’s November issue. It was wonderful to take in detail about my favorite medium—the colored pencil! Digitial and print issues can be found at  www.ColoredPencilMag.com

I am honored to be the featured artist for Colored Pencil Magazine’s November issue. It was wonderful to take in detail about my favorite medium—the colored pencil! Digitial and print issues can be found at www.ColoredPencilMag.com

Author, Barbara Joosse and I are on our way with the Lulu and Rocky Adventure books. We just finished a promotional book tour in Detroit and a research trip to Indianapolis. I am currently working the artwork for “Lulu and Rocky in Nashville”.

Author, Barbara Joosse and I are on our way with the Lulu and Rocky Adventure books. We just finished a promotional book tour in Detroit and a research trip to Indianapolis. I am currently working the artwork for “Lulu and Rocky in Nashville”.

Thank you to all who came out for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin, Wisconsin!

Thank you to all who came out for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin, Wisconsin!

Lulu and Rocky

Lulu is a zipping blend of Eloise and Rick Steves. Illustrator, Renée Graef and author, Barbara Joosse have launched the OUR CITY ADVENTURES with Sleeping Bear Press. Lulu is joined by her cousin, Rocky, as they explore cities and make emotional connections--putting a human face on a real place.

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Join cousins, Lulu and Rocky and their sidekick, penguin as they dart across the Midwest, first to Milwaukee, then to Detroit. “Lulu and Rocky in Nashville” will be released in the Spring of 2020. Stay tuned!

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Lulu Wins the One to Watch Award at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

From Licensing Global, May 24, 2017

"The Lulu brand really stood out among the entries we received because of its detailed brand concept", says Steven Ekstract, group publisher, Licensing Global. "Beyond being beautifully executed and visually appealing, Lulu's adventures around the world will foster a vital sense of curiosity and exploration in children. Retailers and parents today are looking for more than a cute brand, they want products with a philosophy and purpose, and Lulu, as well as all of our 'One to Watch' finalists, deliver on that demand."

Graef's Lulu concept features a friendly fox, who explores the world's cities with her cousin, Rocky and chaperone, Pufferson the penguin. Lulu relishes both the famed highlights and the unexpected corners of each town she visits, with the help of a local guide, and through her travels, brings the world to children's homes.

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Author, Barbara Joosse and I at the Detroit Foundation Hotel…with a few friends. Thank you to everyone that came for the booksignings in Detroit!

Author, Barbara Joosse and I at the Detroit Foundation Hotel…with a few friends. Thank you to everyone that came for the booksignings in Detroit!

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Renée's "Getty Inspired" video interview is part of a growing library of video profiles of creative people. She speaks about her work on Thèrése Makes a Tapestry and where she finds inspiration at the Getty Museum in LA.

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