During my first full day at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts as an artist-in-residence, I finished up this personal illustration. The shadows and contrast were inspired by the Poltergeist movie poster. How you feel about babies on devices so early will likely make a huge difference in how you see this illustration. It’s a difficult balance – even more difficult for those who actually have children.

I originally did two versions of this painting. The first seemed a bit too dark:

Fortunately, I had scanned the inks for the painting before I put any paint down, so I used that to retrace the drawing and give it another shot. I wanted the gradient to fade a little more slowly and wanted there to be some traces of my mark-making in the black/dark areas. The second one was definitely successful in that respect, but it was missing some of the drama from the first.

Ultimately, the solution was to combine the two and I was able to get the best of both worlds!

Prints of this illustration are available here and the original paintings are available in my Shop.

Let the Residency Begin!

I made it safely to Nebraska City yesterday and I am officially an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. I was definitely nervous about the whole thing but so far everyone has been really nice and the space is very comfortable. Today I will begin working in my studio for the first time.

During my 4 week stay I will be working on the first chapter of the graphic novel I created a proposal for. Whether the publisher is interested or not, I intend to go through with it and the original author is on board as well. I requested a table at TCAF this year so hopefully I can have this chapter available either to sell or to give away (depending on how long it is) if I end up with a table.

Today will be spent making sure I have everything I need – food, supplies, etc. – and settling into my studio. It’s such a big space that it makes me wish I was painting on huge canvases again! Instead, I’ll mostly have paper taped to tables.

It feels very much like I am at camp or at my first day of college, especially without my husband here. It’s going to take a few days to find my routine and get used to having zero responsibilities except my art and cooking myself dinner.

I am still open for commissions while I am here so if you were thinking about working together, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world…


“When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world…”

~ John Muir

Self-explanatory, yes?

This is available as a print here and the original watercolor painting is available here.