This is a piece that came from a single conceptual idea, a glowing sunflower seed. I started this image back in the summer and didn't finish it until winter because I was having trouble finding the right characters for it. Originally there were two children and a bluebird. In coming back to it I realized that the mood I was going for could be communicated more clearly with a single wishful girl.
A kind girl shares a bowl of dancing light broth with her injured barn owl friend. They've traveled far together through the freezing wilderness. Tonight they will rest beside the radiant warmth of a steaming light pool.
Artist's Notes: This image grew out of the longing to paint a certain quality of light. I am continually drawn to the idea of warm pools or pockets of light within cold hard environments. Also fitting that I completed this painting on the Winter Solstice -the darkest day of the year when a gift of light is most needed!
A young Japanese boy beseeches the wise spirits of the cherry blossom tree to help him find his lost friend. Petals and magic swirl around him in the glowing moonlight as he stands under the ancient tree wearing an intricate hakama.
Artist Notes: This image is a long awaited follow up for my older Dragon Blossom piece. I was inspired by all the flowering trees her in springtime Virginia. I was really pushing with this image to create a sense of focus on the boy and spirits and a sense of space an depth with the ancient cherry blossom tree.
A beautiful Aegean Princess meditates blissfully in the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine. Her giant tiger striped nautilus shell glides peaceful across the clam blue sea as she turns her face upward in the salty breeze. About her flying fish soar and splash into the air.
Artist's Notes: This piece is a celebration of a travel memory for me. A few years back (when we lived in Germany) I had the pleasure of traveling to Greece, specifically to the islands of Milos and Santorini before heading down to Western Crete. What stuck with me most vividly was the pervasive and incredible quality to the light there, especially it's interplay with the white-washed traditional stone housing and the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean sea.
A kindly princess kneels on a mossy stump, in a pool of warm sunlight, surrounded by tulips and sprouting plants. In her hands she cups a precious sentient baby Sprout, whom she has rescued from grave peril on her forest journey. She is currently unaware of the other larger Sprouts quietly waking up behind her.
Artist's Notes: A little piece I did to celebrate the almost beginnings of Spring. I'd been itching to do a piece that made cute "monsters" out of sprouts for some time... In this one I especially enjoyed creating the Little Sprout sitting in the girl's hand. I also had fun playing with various textures for the sprouts and leafy bits.
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: This piece was inspired by northern lights and fairytales. At the start of the new year my thoughts turn toward giving and spreading light to a world that has so much need of it. The antlers as lights unto themselves really appeal to me on a deep and visceral level. I was also happy to paint a new piece set in the snow! As anyone who knows me can tell you, I absolutely adore snowy weather and find a certain magic in it. The story of the piece is not from an existing fairytale, but rather is from a brand new fairytale that I'm writing.
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: 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.
A young Healer arrives too late to save a dying acorn being. Golden sunlight bathes the enchanted mushroom forest scene as she witnesses its death and rebirth in the form of a fragile new sprout. After all, oak trees come from acorns…
Artist's Notes: This piece actually started out as a more lighthearted "girl romping in the forest discovers a mushroom castle" and then evolved into a very different image. Part inspired by tragedies in current events, part by other's losses this season. The idea here was to show hope and growth and rebirth arising from death. I also really enjoyed painting theses little acorn beings with their luminous eyes and expressive bodies.
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: 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.