Studio Sunday #7: Return to Productivity

January 18, 2015 § Leave a comment


Feels good to have the paint back out again – this time I’m working on some nature-themed Valentine pieces as I get ready to relaunch my Etsy store on February 1. In addition to that, this week I’ve taken on some wedding invitation design jobs and I’m getting some other new collections set up for 2015.

Stay tuned this week for some new product announcements!


Happy Belated New Year!

January 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

I forgot to share on here this painting I made for New Year’s Day, my wish for a productive and peaceful new year.


Yay for Banned Books Week!

September 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


Today is the first day of Banned Books week – a week that we celebrate intellectual freedom and stick it to all those who thought they could silence great art and interesting reads by taking a few books off library shelves and school curriculum. Not So! I think it’s been pretty well documented that as soon as a book is challenged, people basically *have* to read it to figure out what the big deal is all about. I love Banned Books week because I love intellectual freedom just as much as I love rolling my eyes at folks that think that books with talking animals are harmful to kids. So I’ve made some art to celebrate banned books! This was my second year to participate in the Lawrence Public Library‘s Banned Book trading card contest. Local artists submit art inspired by banned books, and the library picks 7 winners and issues a trading card with a new piece of art for each day of Banned Books week. Last year I was one of the lucky winners with my entry inspired by Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

This year I made the above piece inspired by Toni Morrison’s Beloved – one of my favorite books – and while I didn’t win, it was super fun to participate. However, Smashotron Scott DID win with his entry inspired by Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Bonus: Check out this awesome video I found of Sherman Alexie talking on why its actually pretty great to have your book be banned.


Do you have any favorite banned or challenged books?

New Work: Baltimore Bird Ambassadors

August 8, 2014 § 3 Comments


A couple of weeks ago I heard a story on NPR about the Baltimore Bird Ambassadors – a group of Mexican and Central American women who have taken on the job of building bird habitats in Baltimore’s parks. The thing that got me was the connection between the women and the birds, Orioles and other songbirds that migrate between Central America and the Northern United States and Canada. So the birds the women see in Baltimore aren’t just the same species they would also see in their home countries – they’re the exact same birds! This idea stayed with me, so I decided to create an illustration based on the idea.

Inspiration: Summer Drinks

July 3, 2014 § Leave a comment


Summer is in full swing here in the studio! Longer days and warmer weather make me thirsty – specifically for sun tea, lemonade, limeades, and maybe even a mojito…mmm!

Surtex Prep 2014: Starting to come together

April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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My studio is in a full-on tornado of Surtex preparation! With just about a month to get ready, I’m busy putting together promotional materials, fabric swatches, product mockups, a look book, both displays and more. I’m really excited about all the new art I have to show this year and can’t wait to unveil it for all to see!

If you are attending or exhibiting at the show, please stop by and see me at booth #730.

New work sneak peak & guessing game! {updated}

March 18, 2014 § 4 Comments

Check it out, geography whiz kids! I’ve decided to have a little guessing game along with my new work sneak peek today.

First, check out these samples from my newest collection, which is so new it’s yet to be named!




Okay, now for the game:

Based on the three samples above, what city is this collection inspired by?

HINT: We can thank this city for the spread of coffee and jelly beans.

Post your guess in the comments and I’ll reveal the answer later in the week!

UPDATE 3.25:

…well maybe it wasn’t as easy as I thought 🙂 Here is an additional image and hint:


HINT: It’s the only city located on two continents.

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