State Flowers + Insects

State Flowers + Insects

State flowers + insects For the past several years, I’ve committed to a daily drawing project. Starting in 2019, I have been drawing all of the state flowers and insects, creating highly detailed digital drawings. This project is still in progress. Alabama: Camellia + Monarch Alaska: Forget Me Nots + Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly Arizona: Saguaro + Two Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Arkansas: Apple Blossom + Honeybee Colorado: Poppy + Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly Colorado: Blue Columbine + Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly Connecticut: Mountain Laurel + Mantis Delaware: Peach Blossom + Ladybugs Florida: Orange Blossoms + Zebra Longwing Butterfly Georgia: Cherokee Rose + Honeybee Hawaii: Hibiscus + Kamehameha Butterfly Idaho: Mock Orange + Monarch Illinois: Violet + Monarch Indiana: Peonies + Fireflies Iowa: Wild Prairie Rose + Ladybugs Kansas: Sunflower + Honeybee Kentucky: Goldenrod + Honeybee + Viceroy Butterfly Louisiana: Magnolia + Honeybee Maine: White Pine Pinecone + Tassel Maryland: Black-eyed Susan + Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly Massachusetts: Mayflower + Ladybugs Michigan: Apple Blossom + Monarch Missouri: Hawthorn + Honeybee Nevada: Sagebrush + Vivid Dancer Damselfly North Carolina: Dogwoods + Honeybee Oklahoma: Indian Blanket + Black Swallowtail Butterfly Oregon: Oregon Grape + Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly South Carolina: Jasmine + Praying Mantis South Dakota: Pasque South Dakota: Pasque + Honeybee Tennessee: Iris + Fireflies Texas: Bluebells + Honeybee Virginia: Dogwoods + Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Wyoming: Indian Paintbrush + Sheridan’s Green...
Portraits

Portraits

illustrated portraits My fine art drawings generally have no faces (more about that here), but I actually enjoy drawing faces, too! Here are just a few recent examples. This illustration was done for a PopSugar article about a website/app called AllGo, which is described as “…a review site where fat people rate the comfort and accessibility of places so others can know what it’s like.” I was asked to illustrate some of the app’s high profile supporters.  Interested in a custom portrait or avatar? get in...
Repeat Pattern Design

Repeat Pattern Design

REPEAT PATTERN DESIGN When I was in grad school at the Savannah College of Art & Design in the 1990s, I studied fiber arts and did quite a bit of surface design. Mostly block and screen printing, but I learned how to design repeat patterns – using drawings, photocopies, scissors and tape. I only did a couple, and although I worked for an apparel company after grad school, I never really did any more repeat patterns. In the late 90s I did a few very simple repeat patterns as backgrounds for web pages, when that was the hottest trend, but nothing very complex. In 2018, as part of the 100 Day Project, I decided to design a pattern a day. I took a few courses on Skillshare to learn the basics of how to create patterns in Illustrator. So starting in April of 2018, I made a pattern a day. Here is a selection of those patterns. Next up, working on creating...
Branch Jewelry

Branch Jewelry

A line of necklaces and earrings in progress. Ink drawings on little slices of tree branches, sealed with encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin). Available on copper chain, black cord or black wire.  ...
Blocks

Blocks

Ink drawings on wooden blocks that are 2 inches on each side.  ...
Ubuntu

Ubuntu

This was a collaborative project I worked on under the direction of French artist Corinne Spielewoy, who was an artist in residence with Paducah Arts Alliance. Ubuntu is an African word what means, roughly, “I am what I am because of who we all are”. It is also an ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and relationships with each other. Corinne assembled 12 Paducah artists to each make a piece on a slice of a tree trunk. We individually painted, carved them — or whatever — and then worked as a team to connect the different pieces together in a sculpture in the sculpture garden at Etcetera Coffeehouse.        ...
Prints

Prints

This series of work is made from gelatin plate printed backgrounds and screen printed figures.          ...
Sketchbook Project

Sketchbook Project

This is my sketchbook from The Sketchbook Project. Thousands of sketchbooks are be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the world before being entered into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they are barcoded and available for the public to view.                                    ...
Woman and Her Needs

Woman and Her Needs

This body of work continues my thinking about how the world sees people and how that differs from what the truth about a person really is. The layering of images on decorated backgrounds and pages of text talks about the things we do to hide our true selves from the world. It’s about how most people only see the outside – the surface decoration – and not the truths that lie behind the outer surface, inside the other person. Pretty, decorative, nice – but what does that have to do with what is inside? The unadorned, anonymous female figures that I draw say that what the world sees is just the packaging we were put in but did not choose for ourselves. But the outer physical shell is not the truth about a person any more than the personality that most of the world sees and thinks is the truth about us. The face and eyes are supposed to be the window that allows others to see inside, but that can be a lie. My figures have no window, because I don’t believe that it shows any more than what we want the world to see. You have to go beyond the surface, search through the layers, pick out the truth from all the surrounding surface decoration – the camouflage that hides the truth…the inside, from the world…from other people… from ourselves. There’s also a delusion here – that we can hide what’s inside. Sometimes people be see past the camouflage; see into you despite all attempts at hiding. Or maybe you can just enjoy what you see on...