Tyler Clark Burke
I am an artist, illustrator, writer, designer, and mother.
WHERE ARE YOU NOW?, a picture book about transformation and death, is due out with Owlkids in October 2019. You can pre-order WHERE ARE YOU NOW? online here—or better yet, through your favorite local bookseller [!!!].
Open Book recently interviewed me for their Dirty Dozen feature (or 12 things you didn't know about me). I managed to surprise even my closest friends. And here's a recent interview about my studio in Now Magazine.
Please get in touch to say hello—or if you need help with smoke, mirrors, schemes, dreams or miscellaneous hi-jinx. I can also help with events, introductions, inventions, business ideas, genealogy, Scrabble—or I can just get you some (much wanted or needed) attention. I started a record label with some friends many years ago called Three Gut Records (The Constantines, Jim Guthrie, and Reg Vermue), and I used to host big hook-up art-dance parties on Captain John's ship (Santa Cruz). When the phone rings at 2 am, I know it’s Leslie. We’ve been working together on projects for almost twenty years.
I currently live in Toronto with my husband Jeremy and our two curious children, Rooksby and Hugo.
P.S. This is just a placeholder website (I'm behind the curtain building this site as you read these words—hi!), so please come back to see more tantalizing content, or follow my Instagram account (where I will be uploading images as I make pictures and illustrate my books).
My studio was recently featured in a Now article about laneway workspaces. Yes, shamefully, that is duct tape for trim. I may have Photoshopped-out some unfinished wiring, also. The real wood trim was delivered last week (you can see it on the floor behind the sofa). Should only take me about two years to get it installed.
Here's an excerpt:
“It’s very serene,” she says of the studio. “You can hear the rain, the wind and the birds so distinctly, and on the best days I feel like I’m commuting to work in a little secret cabin.”
But it’s not perfect. For one, it’s a very solitary existence, but she meets up with her husband in the backyard sometimes for human stimulation. And there’s no running water, which would be useful for anyone using a paintbrush." The full article (which includes the studios of two other local artists) is here.