“Self-Portrait with Armchair” for AIGA’s Chaircuterie


On November 13th, AIGA Colorado and Design Council of Denver Art Museum are holding a collaborative event they are calling Chaircuterie. I am one of 25 artists that were chosen to create a 2-dimensional piece of artwork featuring a chair or chairs in some way. Here’s a bit more about the event:

Chaircuterie is brought to you by two of Colorado’s leading creative organizations.

AIGA 100 years of DesignHere’s the backstory: AIGA turns 100 this year. With a nod to the founders who provided their own chairs for the inaugural meeting, we’re marking this milestone in Colorado with an original selection of chair designs. One hundred stellar creatives are being asked to craft 25 full-size chairs, 50 miniature chairs and 25 two-dimensional chair representations.

This event supports AIGA Colorado mentorship programming and the Denver Art Museum’s Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics, steward of the AIGA Design Archives. This program is supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program and the McNichols Civic Center Building.

My painting will be available for sale the night of the event and it is also available as a print here. The painting is an imagined self-portrait of myself at eight months pregnant, napping in an armchair. I say “imagined” because I didn’t pose for it directly, but I am indeed very pregnant at the moment. It is acrylic paint on watercolor paper and the size of the full artwork is 18″ x 24″. If you’re in town, come to the event! I’ll be there mingling as much as possible – while trying not to go into labor.

Bordo Bello Skate Deck Work in Progress



I’m almost finished creating an illustrated skate deck for Denver’s Bordo Bello by AIGA Colorado. The last time I illustrated a skate deck I used a dip pen and ink. If only I had known then that Sharpies were the perfect tool! I love the way this deck is coming out and I have high hopes that it will do well at auction. Unfortunately I’ll be on my way to APE, so I’ll miss the big party but if you’re in Denver on September 30th you’ve got to check it out!

The illustration is based on Chilean flag trees. In the southern part of Chile it is so consistently windy that the trees are forced to grow almost horizontally if they want to survive. It’s an amazing phenomenon! I’m also working on an illustrated map of Chile that I will be able to share in a few months.

Are custom skate decks something you would be interested in purchasing? I’m having a blast with this and would love to create one for you too!