365 Accordion Fold Sketchbook Project

365 Accordion Fold Sketchbook Project

On January 1, 2017 I started drawing in a Moleskine Japanese accordion fold sketchbook with the intention of drawing in it every day for the entire year. When I filled one sketchbook I continued the drawing into the next one and so far I have one drawing that is over 600 inches long by 5.5 inches high. I managed to keep up the habit almost every single day of 2017. I missed a few, but made up for it with some crazy long days of drawing.  In 2019 I entered the series of sketchbooks into the Yeiser Art Center Annual Members Exhibition and won Best of...
Broadway Mural Project

Broadway Mural Project

I was approached by the Katie Axt, Director of Main Street and Principal Planner for the City of Paducah, to design and license some of my flower and insect drawings to be used for her Broadway Mural Project. The concept was to fill vacant buildings on Broadway in downtown Paducah with pollinators to attract attention to buildings that are available for sale or lease, to beautify downtown Paducah, and to illustrate Main Street’s motto, “Local Grows Here.” The first step was mocking up what a few different vacant buildings would look like with the art in the windows. We decided on three to begin with and I provided mockups to get buy-in from the appropriate people. I remembered seeing some windows with photos in them in the Paducah Innovation Hub (another one of my website clients) and found out how they were done and who to contact. The perforated vinyl window film was printed and installed by Petter Supply Co. I contacted them and got them working on a quote and they came to an agreement with the Katie. The city decided to go with one building to begin with and worked with the owner of 315 Broadway to make it happen. Petter measured the windows and I did the production design to turn the chosen design into print-ready files scaled and cropped to fit the measurements. I also designed a “poster” area in the bottom right for some information about the project and about me and my work, with QR codes linking to the Paducah Main Street website and my own site. The feedback on the mural has...
State Flowers + Insects

State Flowers + Insects

State flowers + insects Starting in 2019 and finally completed in early 2022, I created drawing all of the US state flowers and insects, creating highly detailed digital drawings. These drawings are all available as prints on paper or canvas, and on many of the products you can see in the shop. If you are interested in a print, please get in touch and we can make it happen! These designs are all also available for licensing. Alabama: Camellia + Monarch Alaska: Forget Me Nots + Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly Arizona: Saguaro + Two Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Arkansas: Apple Blossom + Honeybee California: California Poppy + Dogface 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 Minnesota: Lady Slipper + Monarch Butterfly Mississippi: Magnolia + Honeybee Missouri: Hawthorn + Honeybee Montana: Bitterroot + Mourning Cloak Butterfly Nebraska-Goldenrod+Honeybee Nevada: Sagebrush + Vivid Dancer Damselfly New Hampshire: Lilac + Ladybug New Mexico: Yucca + Tarantula Hawk Wasp New York: Rose + Ladybugs New Jersey: Violets + Honeybee + Black Swallowtail Butterfly North Carolina: Dogwoods + Honeybee North Dakota: Wild Prairie Rose + Ladybugs Ohio: Carnation + Ladybugs Oklahoma: Indian...
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.          ...