I was hired by Boom Creative to create an original art piece for Spokane Global Credit Union's 2013 Campaign. The inspiration was two words: 'Global Citizen'. My painting was used on multiple billboards around town (I've spotted 6 so far!), a 25 foot banner in the River Park Square, and also fully wrapping a bus. The bus will be trucking around for an entire year.
I was just one of three artists for this campaign. They also hired local musicians and bands to recompose and perform an old jingle and shot them as commercials.
This is one of the biggest projects I've been a part of, and I get to scratch a huge goal off my list - my artwork on a Billboard! It was an amazing experience.
mixed media illustrations
- watercolor pencils - Micron pigment pens - acrylic ink and quills - white colored pencils - watercolor paper - magic rub eraser pencils - florecent pink anything and everything
Sticks not Stones
I created the album art for Spokane Community Radio's 2012 Spocompilation CD. The lady was drawn and colored with watercolor and then her dress was digitally filled. The background is a mix of markers and colored pencils. It was a very fun project.
Seven Seconds to Thunder
An exhibit and installation at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center - 2012.
This show celebrates tiny moments; times of stillness
amidst fury. Each work offers a glimpse into a land of whimsy where large eyed
creatures, in a collective instance, are frozen momentarily awaiting
Cover design, poster, and illustrations (of the winning stories) for the Inlander's short fiction contest.
Kolva Sullivan Gallery - 2011
Flutter was my first big solo show. It was an illustrated narrative that I displayed as suspended mixed media screen prints. They were each created in an addition of 3 and hung from painted black locust branches cut from my yard.
Along with the posters I made a limited addition zine printed on grape colored paper with silver ink.
Special thanks to Blue Button for screen printing assistance, and Dreyer Press for the phenomenal job printing the zines!
Step by step (demystified):
I use acrylic paint and ink. My process starts with painting an abstract background, sketching with pencil, painting in the subjects/objects, and ends by outlining in ink using a quill. I often paint on homemade wood panels or thick fancy plywood that I cut freestyle with a jig saw (and then sand down obsessively). I also enjoy searching for and repainting vintage frames. The pieces for the frames are then created on thin birch ply.
I struggled in the beginning with canvas - as I found that laying on my work while painting just created dents. I also couldn't properly grind my brushes to death without making pucker marks. It was a nasty old cutting board in a rented garage that made the artist I am today! I've been painting on wood ever since.
Doma Coffee bags are hand letterpressed by my good friend Chris Dreyer over at Dreyer Press.
I've designed two bags for them now - The Sea of Love (special Valentines Bag), and The Love Muffin Cafe (Home Blend). I've also included some photos of Chris printing my first bag - I was so very excited for it!
* * * Update * * *
The Sea of Love just took home three awards at the Spokane Addy's for 2012. I'm beyond thrilled!
-Best of Division
- Best of Show, Print
This installation piece was a collaboration project for the Chase gallery group show "Telling the American Story". I worked with Salish Student/Teacher Jessie Fountain and Slam Poet Mark Anderson. Our project was inspired by the Salish language. It deals with the
difficulty of how language and myth come together to create a
metaphysical subconscious level to how we understand our world.
Linguistic Anthropology In a picture two wolf dogs are fighting over the white snows of Siberia. People watch, huddled by burn barrels. There are breathing techniques that can help a person deal with the cold. Inuit hunters have used these for hundreds of years during their long winter months so much colder than people are meant to survive in. To hunt caribou they don polar bear skins and crawl near the herd, inhaling and exhaling until a single herd member approaches, curious to find out what is this funny albino lump in the snow? The hunter springs up and stabs the caribou with a curved knife under the shoulder blade. The caribou does not die immediately but is overcome by shock and lets the hunter safely walk it home where it is to be slaughtered. Linguistic anthropologists suggest that we can measure what is important to a people by observing where their language is specialized. I wonder if the Inuit have a word for a caribou's will-less trance. Or if they have omitted this from their tongue, eager to believe that such a thing cannot happen to people. The French are such existentialists that they have invented a word, Jamais Vu, for when something becomes suddenly unfamiliar. A philosopher sits at the base of the Eiffel Tower in a striped shirt and beret writing the word "lonesome" again and again until it loses meaning and he doubts that it is at all a word to begin with. Narcissus stares into a pond until he no longer recognizes his own reflection. He is damned then, by his own nature, to obsessing over the question "who is this most lovely face in the water?" This thought comes to symbolize the entirety of his being until it too, like the word lonesome, loses meaning and he lapses into non-existence altogether. I remember once writing a love letter and not having any of the words I needed: "You are the type of snow I could fall right through. I am a songbird's locked jaw, a diminuendo in blue, a chunk of ice that breaks off and floats quietly into the ocean.