Hello everyone!

This is my first blog posting! I thought it would be fun to highlight some events from last year, 2012. It was a busy busy year for me and couldn’t have gotten through it without the support of family, friends, and colleagues, so thank you!

Last year, Gustav Gloom and the People Taker was released! I am the proud illustrator of this new chapter book series for young adults. Adam Troy-Castro wrote this fantastic book, and I’m so excited to be a part of this series through Penguin Young Readers / Grosset & Dunlap. From a personal stand point, the book is a truly wonderful read. I am a very slow reader, and usually don’t finish books when I start them ( a bad habit, I know), but this book kept my attention the entire length through! I remember reading the manuscript on vacation with my husband in MI and laughing out loud at various points, and he coming in to check on me to make sure things were ok 🙂 Adults, this book is not just for young adults, trust me!

Talleyville Frame Shoppe and Gallery of Wilmington, DE was kind enough to host a Gustav Gloom book signing and exhibit for me in September 2012. This was the first time the illustrations were shown to the public. Here are some photos from the event. People were so excited, not only about the book, but to see the illustrations in person and some of the sketches. I hope to blog in the future about the process of illustration and my painting process as well, so stay tuned! I love to talk about this.

More photos can be found on my Kristen Margiotta Art and Illustration Facebook page.








Jennifer Barnes, Author of Better Haunted Homes and Gardens, and owner of Raw Dog Screaming Press made the trip to the exhibit. This was very special as this was the first time she and I met after working on the book 4 years later.



December 1, 2012 was a very special and memorable evening.

It was my 30th birthday as well as my opening of my exhibit “Fear Becomes Her” at AFA Gallery, Soho, NYC.

My exhibit was part of AFA’s annual Collector’s Event, this year featuring original work by Charles M. Schultz, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Travis Louie, Kirk Reinert, Charles Addams, Kathie Olivas, and many other pioneers in the illustration, animation, and fine art world. It couldn’t have been a better exhibit to be featured in on this special day.

“Fear Becomes Her” was almost two years in the make, from initial concept to sketches, and finally, the paintings. This body of work is my most personal to date, exploring fears that we all, at some point, can relate too, spanning our lifetime from young children through adulthood.

You can view all 13 paintings at the link below. Hopefully I’ll update the page soon to explain the many layers behind this body of work.

Paintings / Fear Becomes Her

Here are some photos from the opening at AfA December 1, 2012:



AFA gallery directors, staff, and artists including myself, Travis Louie, Kinuko Kraft, and Kirk Reinert.



My husband Lee and I with my work, also hanging next to Charles Schultz original Peanuts drawings. Amazing

Day 2: Collector’s Exhibit opens to the public


Thanks for checking out my first blog! I hope to write more, showing works in progress, sharing local artists work, and sharing the illustration and painting process. Stay tuned!