The last few years have been a time of great adventures for me as I have stretched my creative wings to start illustrating and writing. I have found it to be very humbling, challenging and fulfilling.
As an artist, I have worked in many mediums, much of it three dimensional. My early work focused on the human figure, but as I have gotten older and raised children, I found my work shifting from 3-D to 2-D and from the figure to the animal world.
I began writing about four years ago, an as yet unfinished young adult fantasy novel. The book was born from one of my drawings, which simply demanded that its story be told. At the same time, I was approached by a writer and asked to illustrate a children’s story.
The biggest challenge in illustrating, for me, has been in carrying a story and a character throughout a series of illustrations. As an artist, we allow our work to inspire its own stories in the minds of the viewer. As an illustrator, we are communicating a specific story through a series of images, and that is not an easy task. I feel like I am evolving and finally grasping that elusive thread, the ability to do this with some level of success, although I am certain that I have plenty of room for improvement.
My first published book, “Otis the Donkeysus,” is a children’s story, again born from a drawing. I drew this sweet, forlorn little donkey with wings, looking longingly at the sky. The more that I looked at the picture, the more I wondered why he looked so sad. Finally, I decided that I had to write his story.
I am currently working on a new author/illustrator project, “The Adventures of Fox and Quill,” as well as a new illustration project for a children’s book by Tony Thomas. Check back for updates as the new year gets rolling.