Friday, December 1, 2017

Most wonderful time of the year

Pretty much every part of the year from a work standpoint is the most wonderful.  And right now I have a few exciting projects in my mental crockpot, but they are not quite ready to share..yet... So in the meantime, here's some art I completed this week about a super-fun camp for the animal lover kids in my community. 

To be continued...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Winter Wine, Stein & Spirits at Potter Park Zoo

Seven swans a swimming
My design clients always keep me a few months ahead of the holiday game. Here's a sneak peek at this year's big Winter Wine, Stein & Spirits at Potter Park Zoo.

I paid tribute to the trumpeter swans that grace the zoo and also the 12 Days of Christmas carol.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hope takes flight in Herbert-Herman Cancer Center

Inspired by the poem "Hope is the thing with feathers," by Emily Dickinson my piece "Hope takes flight," was created through papercut illustration and community participation.

On survivor day, I was joined by cancer patients, families touched by cancer and cancer caregivers to paint their loved one's names or a bit of inspirational messaging. I took the precious notes back to my studio and sliced them into free-flying colorful birds that float through the piece on fishing line. 

This was such an incredible experience from start to finish! I am so thankful for all of the people who helped make it happen: Kelly Gmazel, Chris Tyler, Marsha Cosgrove, Sparrow Women's Board of Managers, Arts Council of Greater LansingImage360 - Plymouth MI and Marybeth Swan. 

For those interested in viewing this artwork eyeball to eyeball, it is now installed in it's permanent home outside of Conference Room A in Sparrow Hospital's new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center.
Selfie with my art-baby.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cowman & Horse

©2017
Extras for a new book I've been hired to illustrate. I labeled them so you could tell the difference...

Monday, September 18, 2017

GIANT Anteater

Lots of fun projects in the pipeline that I can't quite share. But here is a cool new exhibit sign for the zoo.  The GIANT anteater just moved into Potter Park and I for one would like to give him a great big welcome!

Research for this guy sort of blew my mind!  He can weigh up to 90 Lbs and his claws are so long and sharp and fierce, he can rip a jaguar (or person...Gulp!) to shreds.

EEK!  Much respect to this toothless bug-sucking warrior. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say "Hey Buddy..."

Thursday, August 24, 2017

HOWWWLLL at the Moon

Howl ©2017
After a busy bee summer, (lots of new art will be posted very soon!) my favorite time of year is near! Here's a little digital doodle to celebrate my excitement!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hope is the thing with feathers

#PapercutIllustration
I love making every slice for this piece. It's truly been a joyful & meditative experience so far!

And any type of work that slows down my brain is a welcome project!