a sweet surprise…

July 23, 2008

came in the mail yesterday!   One of my clients finally had my pen & ink of his house printed up on notes, and was so kind as to send me one!  I was even more impressed, that he took such care as to have my name printed on the back.  (Ray, you’re the best!  I can’t wait to work it into a Christmas Card for you!)

Anywho, this kind gesture reminded me, that I’ve yet to post much about my new notes to this blog!  For months I’ve been working with local stationer Turtle Creek. (if you haven’t visited their little boutique at the corner of Montgomery Crossroads and Whitebluff, then you are really missing out!)  Most anyone that commissions a pen & ink of their home or business, also likes to have the image printed on notes, and for years, I just turned over a disk to the client, and told them to go to the printer of their choice.  In turn, some people never took the time to find a printer, others found a printer but neglected to give me a byline, and some were of better quality than others…after a very busy 2007 Holiday Season, I decided it was time to do the leg work, and find a printer.  Turtle Creek just happens to have the best stock around, and at a good rate.  Each note is printed on fine Crane Stationary, and at roughly 3.5″ x 5″, they are the perfect size for the “anything” note!  Here’s a peek…

I just love that they got my little nesting bird on the back, and it’s just amazing how something as simple as an embossed edge can add so much to the overall feel.  Thank you Turtle Creek for roughing it out, and making this little idea of mine a reality!

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roots

May 26, 2008

Some months ago, I was asked to bring the Crab Shack menu back to its roots.   And by roots, I mean  years ago a waiter scribbled out some  clever illustrations, hand-lettered it, and colored it with whatever highlighters, crayons or miscellaneous drawing utensils he had in his apron.  At first I was a bit hesitant, but after working out a rough draft and reviewing some of the newer (computer generated ) incarnations of the menu, I understood exactly why the owners wanted to revert back to the good old days.

It got me thinking about my pre-SCAD days.  I was so anti-computers, I took the minimum required amount of computer classes to earn my degree…I wanted nothing to do with them, even for things not related to art…and if I had to use them for a school project, it was like pulling teeth.

While I still illustrate by hand, each piece is now scanned into the computer for edits, or simply to upload to this blog, or just for record keeping…being “connected” has become an essential part of my personal life and an integral part of my business…and it’s just amazing how a computer glitch can really turn an ordinary day upside down.

So many thanks to Michelle and to The Crab Shack…it was great to get back to my own roots for this project…

New Front

New Back

artist statement

April 3, 2008

Seems so unnatural to try and capture my creative spirit into a “statement.”  Seems to me the “statement” should be found in one’s work…and that perhaps the “statement” should translate differently for each individual viewer…

Didn’t have much choice but to produce one…and so here it is…as best I can put into words:

As children we have such a pure sense of creativity and the world around us.  Unfortunately for most, this sense is lost along the path to adulthood.  My goal as an artist is to dissect and explore the world around me, to pay homage to the folks who have supported my dream and kept my creative spirit alive, and to inspire the youth of today to hold onto their creative instincts.

I explore a variety of mediums when it comes to art.  I love the idea of working in a traditional style of pen & ink. It’s a rhythmic process that brings me back to my roots.  Mural work provides the greatest challenge, as it is a life consuming process where the possibilities are endless.  Illustrating with Acrylic & Oil Wash allows me to study color like a science, and dissect my subject matter down to pure composition.  I thrive on learning new techniques and refuse to conform to any one method of creation.

I currently find myself inspired by time spent in the kitchen with my loved ones.  While I cannot cook to save my life, food illustration is my way of capturing some of those fun memories.

Everyday I wake up inspired to create.  I keep an open mind as to where my creative journey will take me, and I’m eternally grateful to have held onto that pure creativity from my youth. 

And there you have it.  My statement.