Blooming in the hands of patients at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston are several copies of a new children’s book, “Colorful Spring,” donated by illustrator and accountant-turned-artist Danny Pickett ’85.

Pickett painted the original flower scenes for “Colorful Spring” in his first experience as an illustrator, donating copies this June to the Children’s Hospital library where he often browsed when visiting a nephew who spent two months in neonatal intensive care. Created for an audience of 2- to 8-year olds, book author Erin Moran uses 13 original flower paintings by Pickett to symbolize the coming of spring.

Pickett, a CPA, worked for 15 years in the accounting field at Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and Pepsi-Cola before turning a knack for painting into a full-time career. Now an avid supporter of children’s causes, Pickett splits his time between studios in Longmont, Colo., and Bangkok, Thailand, where he volunteers and provides financial support for 120 kids in the Ban Kru Noi Home for Poor Children orphanage.