I’ve always been an animal lover. We had cats, dogs and a pony when I was a kid. My family and I currently have a rabbit (won at the county fair by my daughter 6 years ago) named marshmallow and a dog (a German Shepherd mix we got from the local shelter 5 years ago) named Scout. In addition to my love of pets, I’ve been enamored by wild animals. I absolutely adore foxes!
As mentioned, I adore foxes! I saw a photo of a couple of foxes on Instagram and this little guy was the result. I plan to do a painting of him and hope to create a series of foxes.
This fox was created in pencil.
Fox on book pages
My favorite place is a little island off of the coast of North Carolina. I love to get up early, shell bag in hand, and be one of the first on the beach. I splash in the puddles left from high tide and check out all of the creatures marooned from the night before.
I’ve been an avid reader since I learned to read. I love going to the library and bookstores. I love to walk up and down the aisles and run my hand along their colorful spines. I love the tactileness, is that even a word?, of books. Everything about them is pleasing to the senses.
Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite books. The Mad Hatter being one of my favorite characters. I created the hat sketch one evening while watching tv. The Hatter was in the back of my mind as it started to develop. After I finished the sketch, I used Adobe products to add the quote from the book.
This piece was created with pencil and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
Ray Bradbury became my favorite author after I read his book Something Wicked This Way Comes as a kid. I’ve wanted to do a piece inspired by the book for a very long time. This piece is the result. Mr. Dark both haunted my dreams and inspired my imagination…thank you Mr. Bradbury for sharing your talent with us all.
This piece was created in pencil.
POE. The brilliance of Poe to tap into our humanity and turn it against us. The stories he wrote and the poems he tore out his heart to give us continue to inspire decades later. This ink sketch was created for a class assignment on developing a Halloween sketch. What a cool assignment from an awesome teacher…thanks Megan Stingel.
This piece was created in pencil and black ink.
The Raven sketch was placed over top of a print of the poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.
I used Adobe Photoshop and InDesign to create this piece.
I have a deep fondness for flowers and plants. Walking through a meadow of wildflowers or playing in the dirt of my herb garden and smelling the lavender sounds divine!
I know most people try to get rid of dandelions when they pop up in their yard. I however, love them! They remind me of childhood. I loved picking yellow dandelions and making a bouquet for my grandma. But, my favorite thing to do was pick them after they went to seed and got their fuzzy white tops. I’d close my eyes, make the biggest wish I could think of, open my eyes and blow as hard as I could. The seeds would scatter and I would sometimes chase them, blowing on them to keep them afloat. (By the way, I still make wishes on dandelions!)
This dandelion was created with acrylic paint.
Sunflowers always remind me of late summer and hot, sun-filled lazy afternoons. I was able to be a vendor and attend my first sunflower festival at The Coshocton Sunflower Festival in August. What an amazing experience! I had no idea there were so many varieties, sizes and colors of sunflowers!
These sunflowers were created with pencil and acrylic.
I was able to be a vendor at The Coshocton Sunflower Festival in August. I did a series of sketches and paintings of sunflowers for the festival. It really was an amazing experience. Check it out next August!
This sunflower was created in pencil.
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Portraits are challenging and intimidating for me. I do a lot of studies of facial structure and developing a person’s likeness before beginning a portrait piece.
Sketching is my foundation. Any project I have, whether it be in pencil, acrylic or digital, I start with pencil and paper. Everything starts with a series of sketches. Sometimes those sketch studies become finished pieces!
So, I bought a book called Anatomy For The Artist and this skull was the first piece I created. This skull sketch started as a study and I really liked where it was going so I spent a little more time developing it. It’s one of my more popular prints.
The skull was created in pencil.
When I think still life, dramatic lighting and texture come to mind. I try to incorporate those elements into my pieces.
These pieces were created with pencil and charcoal.
This still life was set up in the Agriculture Barn at The Coshocton County Fair as an assignment for an art class. Fall Harvest was my first fully fleshed out charcoal piece and took me several hours to finish. To be honest, I’d probably still be working on the piece if the assignment had not been due! (Agree Thomas Nelson?)
This piece was created with pencil and charcoal.
Wine and Cheese
This still life was created as the basis for a logo. Trying to get the curve of the bottles, glasses and grapes was the most challenging part of the piece. After the sketch was finished, I made it digital and turned it into a logo using Adobe products.