OtherPeoplesPixels is the wonderful website service I use for my sites. OPP's Amber Hawk Swanson interviewed me about my art for OPP's Featured Artist Blog.
Endangered Species Condoms which feature 3 of my illustrations win a Gold Addy Award in Tucson! The condom boxes also feature illustrations by artist Jenny Kendler and were designed by Lori Leiber. Congratulations to everyone.
I started reading Mr. Jacque's books as a child and have continued reading and rereading them to this day. I'll never forget one hot, sunny and still summer afternoon sweating in the local library searching for a good book. I had already read every book that seemed interesting that summer and the kid's section had left me wanting something more. More substance, more complexity, On a whim, I ventured to a different section of the library. I walked among the stacks, feeling conspicuous in the adult's section. I turned down a dark row to avoid a woman reading in a chair. I believed that, at any minute, I would be discovered, a trespasser and sent back to the kid's section. In fact I felt so uncomfortable I decided to retreat, but just then some slowly floating dust motes wandering in a beam of sunlight caught my eye. The building was old and had few windows. As I observed the dust motes and the magical-seeming beam of sun, I noticed a book behind them. Intrigued I picked it up. It's cover proclaimed: REDWALL!
The book was to be as magical as my discovery of it. When I returned Redwall, I again visited the Young Adult section and found Mossflower. I have always wanted to illustrate a Brian Jacques book as the world is so vivid in my mind. Thank you Brian Jacques for all of the great adventures!
I will be giving an artist's talk next week. I'm having fun going through my work and source material/ reference images in preparation. I plan to focus on strategies of storytelling and share some of the books and illustrations that inspiration me. I've titled my talk "I Am Miyax Now" after a decisive moment in Julie of the Wolves.
My talk will be part of Mess Hall's Double Feature Lecture Series. I was invited to present my work by artist and publisher of Bailliwik, Surabhi Ghosh.
More info on our Double feature is here.
I've donated a print of my piece "Specters/Bloodwrath" for the silent auction component of the Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner. The art auction was coordinated by The Corcoran College of Art and Design where I received my BFA. The event is now sold out.