Oscar Is Making Progress

Sometimes I feel a lot like Oscar the Oyster – grumpy with the world, but trying my best to be patient, persistent, and always pushing for change.

The children’s book illustration project I’m working on with Author Noah Ginter is more than half way complete. I’m so grateful for snow days brimming with calm, productive creativity!

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Everything and Everyone: In the End We All Are One

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Sometimes art work from your past becomes more pertinent than ever. I feel that way about a book I published ten years ago through a publication grant from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The themes of universality are poignant in Everything and Everyone: In the End We All are One. When the world seems to be collapsing in on itself, it is good to be reminded that we are all human and we stand together as such. We Are. We Go. We Question. We Connect. We Struggle. We Love. We Are One. Enjoy a full digital version of the book here.

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New Illustration Project

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I’m collaborating with author Noah Ginter on a children’s book featuring Oscar the Oyster. Illustrating is a good change of pace for me because I’m creating many small drawings and watercolor paintings instead of working for months on one larger piece. I was recently inspired by the Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum, but I have always been a lover of kids’ books. I have fond memories of reading them as a child under the stairs at our local library and flipping through our playroom collection with my sister in search of the perfect book. I use children’s books extensively in my elementary Art classroom and love watching my own 4 month old daughter’s interest as I flip the pages. My Art work tends to take me away to new lands and on bold adventures and I’m excited at the idea of sharing it specifically with children!

The Vastness of Unperceivable Change

Art works take on a life of their own. This painting started with a frenzy of energy. The creative muses were trying desperately to tell me something. I worked with a satisfying flourish. And then nothing. I stared at it for months and moved it aside so I could create other things. I worked painstakingly slowly. Until the last two days of its evolution the final touches called obviously to me. It was finally time for me to understand how to finish it. It holds a satisfying sense of completion that I rarely feel in my work.

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The Vastness of Unperceivable Change
16 x 24 inches
Watercolor on Paper
July 3, 2016
$850

Ubiquitous Mantle

Snowy mornings are perfect for finishing up lingering paintings…

“Ubiquitous Mantle”
12 x 24 inches
watercolor on wood panel
$1200

Kalalau Nights

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Kalalau Beach on the Napali Coast of Kauai gives a surreal glimpse of what our planet once was: pristine, beautiful, and not over-run with humans and their troubles. Only accessible by an 11 mile hike along crumbling, sheer sea cliffs, Kalalau manages to keep away those who are not willing to work incredibly hard, face humbling fears, and become one with the primitive ways of nature at its best. The nights at Kalalau were electric with crashing waves, a celestial light show, and the strongest cosmic giggle I have experienced in some time.

18 x 18 inch watercolor painting on paper
$1050

Love Cloud

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To love and be loved is an essential part of being human, but to be surrounded and supported by every person you love at once is a powerful experience. There are countless individuals who touch us in our lives, but those family and friends who have played a lasting role compare to none other. I am eternally grateful for those people, this human experience, and the man who opened my heart wider than I realized was possible.

Watercolor Painting – June 2015
12 x 12 inches – $475

Summer Storm

There is nothing quite like the first summer thunderstorm in Philadelphia. The air vibrates with excitement and the rain washes the pavement clean. The atmospheric orchestra comes and goes as quickly as the tumble weaves on the street.
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Watercolor Painting – June 2015
9 x 9 inches – $325

Keep Out of the Garden (Please)

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I waited all winter for the first signs of spring, only to find they had been plucked from the earth.
Keep Out of the Garden (Please)
Watercolor Painting – April 2015
9 x 8 inches – SOLD

A Glimpse at Some New Work

It has been way too long since I have posted any new work! Here is a glimpse at a few new watercolor paintings. Some of my favorite moments this summer were spent floating in an mountain lake.

Lily Pads 1
watercolor on paper – 8 x 10 inches – 2014

Lily Pads 2
watercolor on paper – 12×24 inches – 2014

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