An Evolution of Words and Images
Susan and I have been friends, as well as colleagues, for a number of years, so when she approached me to collaborate with her on The Adventures of Yin & Yang: Snoepje and the Pizza Box, I was intrigued.
I had watched much of what this story reveals in real life - first at Susan and Martijn's charming cottage on Lake Minnetonka, and then in the big brick duplex they moved to in my old Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, Susan and Martijn's life together was a part of my day-to-day activity. We lived blocks apart and spent much time at one another's homes. Over the years, I saw first hand not only how they cherished each other but how they cherished the two actual cats who inspired this book, Yin and Yang. And, I remember when they brought Snoepje into their lives and what a spirited and naughty sprite she was. So, when Susan approached me to professionally illustrate this book for publication, I knew I should be her collaborator. And, I knew also how I wanted to approach the imagery - with texture, depth and history.