February 14, 2017
On Thursday, Southern Virginia University hosted me at the opening of an exhibition of the illustrations for “If Dinosaurs Could Talk for Me.” I gave a presentation and then signed books. It was very gratifying being able to share that moment with all my friends and family at Southern Virginia. The university means a lot to me as my alma mater and as a designer and teacher here. Thanks to everyone who was able to come.
Photos by Colin Bigelow for Southern Virginia University Communications.
January 8, 2017
This is it guys — I wrote and illustrated my first picture book. I’m an author! It feels very good to say. The thing I feel proudest of though is the feeling that I did my best and created something true to my heart.
Like the main character in the book, Ben, I’m a bit shy and I use my drawings to communicate how I feel. Just like Ben wants to reach out to Sophie (the new girl), I want to reach out to you to show you who I am and what I have to say. I’m expressing myself through these characters just like they do through their dinosaurs.
So I introduce to you Ben and Sophie. They may be shy and quiet, but if you take the time to listen to them, perhaps you’ll find they have something to say. I’m so excited to share my book with you and I hope you enjoy it!
If Dinosaurs Could Talk for Me is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more.
If Dinosaurs Could Talk for Me
November 2, 2016
New works. I’m not entirely sure what they mean – just visual manifestations of how I was feeling at the time. I think there are themes of marriage and sacrifice, and the tall figure with his hands up in the crowd seems like a prophet to me. I’d love to know what they mean to you.
September 9, 2016
I’m excited to announce my newest book – “If Dinosaurs Could Talk for Me,” coming in January. And I’m extra excited to announce that this time, I’m both the author and illustrator! I’ve been working extremely hard on this project and it is very close to my heart. I’ll be revealing more details soon!
August 4, 2016
A centauress (or whatever you call a female centaur).
Side story: A year ago, for my senior show at Southern Virginia University, I did an oil painting that included a female centaur (see image below). A visiting professor of Latin and Greek saw my painting and was very shocked at the idea of a female centaur. He told me that it went completely against the Greek notion of centaurs.
I am by no means an expert in centaurs or mythology, and I defer to his Harvard Ph.D. knowledge. But I would just like to point out that I’m not the first person to use the subject of a female centaur. While at the Musee Rodin in Paris, I saw this:
Somehow seeing Rodin’s centauress sculpture made me feel justified in making my own centauress artwork.