Artist's Notes: This piece was inspired by my childhood growing up in Oklahoma. It's as much a reflection of the landscape I came from, as my inner landscape as a child. As a young girl I was absorbed by the fantasy world of Narnia and the pioneer life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This image gives nods to both. My 3 siblings and I were known to engage in fantastical play, so the idea of combining the two into one image -where it's hard to tell where reality stops and fantasy begins- is quite intriguing to me. The Scissor-tailed Flycatchers soaring into the sky are the Oklahoma state bird and the distant house was our first childhood home.
Artist's Notes: Starfish Shore came about from a series of sketchbook doodles done on actual real paper with pencils. Thanks to my local illustration group, I've just rediscovered my love of toned sketch paper + white Prismacolor pencil. I've been itching to do something "beachy" so I was musing about sea-life that one might find along the shore and what might be magical about it. When this image started off it was just the boy and a lantern, the girl came about when I was painting later and found myself wanting to put something/someone hovering over top of the starfish.
Artist's Notes: Butterfly Magic was created as a continuation of my Critter Magic series, which falls very squarely into the children's fantasy realm of my illustrations. Following in the brushstrokes of Firefly Magic, it tells the story of a young girl being whisked away by a friendly swarm of magical monarch butterflies, up up into the great blue sky. The setting is very much a nod to the times I spent in the high meadows of the Swiss Alps... I only hope that I captured a fraction of their incredible beauty.
Artist's Notes: Frost Princess started out as a vivid idea for a lighting and color scheme in my mind's eye. Initially, to, it just featured the fox character. But as it evolved, I added the girl whom I've pictured as perhaps the little sister of the Snow Queen. She leaves a trail of frost wherever she and her fox companion trod.
Artist's Notes: Dragon Blossom is an image inspired by both the beautiful spring blossoms in Virginia and the recent trip I took to San Francisco, where I attended the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown.
It started with the idea of a little boy curled up reading in a blossoming cherry tree, only the tree is really a dragon and his reading material is an ancient scroll. Perhaps the dragon is somehow imprisoned as a tree and the boy keeps him company by reading to him?
I made up the "language" on the scroll, as I did not want to embarrass myself with a nonsensical cut and paste job of any real language.
Artist's Notes: This sailing artist's palette was created as a visual play on my last initial 'D' because it reminded me of a ship's billowing sail as I was doodling around for a new logo image. I later expanded this to a full scene to use on a printed portfolio of my work. Because of this, I was perfectly happy to bask in my favorite signature glowing gold and dark cerulean color scheme.
Artist's Notes: This was created as a summer promo/personal piece. It's inspired a bit by Miyazaki movies, a bit by Ray Bradbury's book Dandelion Wine, and a whole lot by the feel of summer! I like how the face in the haystack turned out looking barn-owl-ish
Artist's Notes: I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep one night and this would not leave my head. After fighting it a good hour, I decided to get up and sketch it out....only then did the glowing fish in my head go away!
Artist's Notes: Firefly Magic's inspiration comes from the feeling of a balmy summer's evening and the mysterious qualities of twilight. I spent many a childhood summer's night in my backyard with a canning jar. I still grow mesmerized when these fairies of summer appear.
Artist's Notes: This concept came from one of my mid-morning sketchbook brainstorms over jasmine-green tea. It was a glimpse of a young boy standing in a circle of snow hares, being crowned their king. Like many of my self-motivated pieces, the image did not need to arise from a full understanding of an entire story, but rather came from trying to fully envision and illustrate the scene I had snared in my mind's eye. I'm still having fun imagining the story behind the scene.
Artist's Notes: This painting was inspired by an urge to explore a desert setting in my art. Specifically I had seen a number of beautiful long-exposure star photos taken in various deserts around the world. This is my attempt to combine that idea with my usual 'magic realism' twist on things. I couldn't resist the urge to add the Fennecs in the foreground, as they added another layer of depth to the scene -plus they are just so darn cute.
Artist's Notes: This is a personal piece that I painted digitally with the intent of having it printed on a large 40"x30" wrap canvas -which now hangs in our living room. It's a pair of owls because owls are symbolic and special to my husband and I. I loved the concept of owls all cozy in a nest in space.