A few months ago I sent the original of this drawing (I’m holding a photocopy so it’s a little faded) to John Green.
He sent me a lovely letter back in reply and said he would love to watch me grow in the art world, but I can’t get in touch with him again, as I don’t go to the therapist who connected me with him anymore.
All I want to ask him is what he did with my picture. I don’t care if he hung it with pride or threw it into a nearby drawer, but I need to know.
I’m happy to share this recently commissioned portrait of Miss. Esther Earl!
It was a pleasure working with her parents on this special gift for John Green, and I’m honored to help keep her star burning! :)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Esther’s story, as well as being an exceptional young lady in her own right, she was also a huge inspiration for John Green’sThe Fault in out Stars.
If you are interested, please check out the “This Star Wont Go Out Foundation”, a non-profit foundation headed my Esther’s parents, Lori and Wayne. They continue to serve families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer in Esther’s honor. There you can read more about her life and legacy!
So I’m posting this a little bit late, but can we take a minute to appreciate the best graduation present ever? It’s an altered book that my mom made out of the Fault in Our Stars. (Since she knew it was one of my favorite books) It’s kind of like a scrapbook, only it’s made out of the pages of a book instead (John, I hope that you don’t mind that my mom altered it). She used pictures, clippings, material, and other things I’ve gotten way back from when I was little to Senior Year. She even made tabs in some places, so you can lift it up and see the quotes. Thank you so much mom. This truly is the best graduation present ever.