favorite things

Ghost stories

Full moons

Spooky autumn nights

Interesting clothes and jewelry

Unusual pens and pencils

Reading in the middle of the night

And being scared...but only a little

Favorite museums


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Philadelphia Museum of Art

New Museum

Center for Photographic Art

The Hemingway Home


Vincent van Gogh


Salvador Dali

Georgia O'Keeffe

Frida Kahlo

Yayoi Kusama

Henri Matisse


favorite illustrators

Mary Blair

Charles Addams

Maurice Sendak

Charles Schulz

Dr. Seuss

Tove Jansson

Hayao Miyazaki



Dea Lenihan is an artist and author whose work can be seen on book covers and in museums and galleries. As an illustrator, in 2013, Dea was recognized and showcased by the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM where her illustrations from the book, OPEN PILLOW were featured for a special Storytime Weekend. She has also illustrated books and book covers in the middle-grade novel space. She is the creator of 9 best-selling coloring books and subsequent YouTube Channels, ART BY DEA and DOODLEBUG ART, which boasts an impressive 300 videos and over a million views where adults and children alike can learn her illustration and coloring techniques. Yearly, she decorates the doors and windows of the famed RIALTO THEATER of Westfield, New Jersey, for ADDAMSFEST, a month-long celebration of the work of Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family. Some of Dea’s more unique work has been creating the, I AM A WRITER yearly planner, her Easter egg designs which were featured in PARADE MAGAZINE, her logo and graphic art designs for businesses, and the commissioning of portraits for private collections.

more to come!