i illustrated an article on turning to nature, literature and other comforting things for solace during difficult times for the dutch edition of flow magazine, no. 4/2015.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
now through may 17th at gallery nucleus in alhambra, CA: "greetings & salutations," an exhibition in collaboration with red cap cards. seven of my original paintings are on display and available for purchase, including three new pieces for red cap's soon-to-launch gold foil collection! i'm proud to be exhibiting alongside anna emilia laitinen, chris sasaki, christian robinson, jon klassen and my BFF becca stadtlander.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
starting with issue 12 and for the next eight issues, flow weekly will feature a bright mini-poster that i painted exclusively for the magazine. each one can stand on its own, but if you cut out and collect all nine, they come together into one large poster!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
i illustrated these two concertina-style foldout books for frances lincoln publishers last fall, and already the early march publication date is near! both stories are retold through fourteen pictures with minimal text, making ideal gifts for those who already know and love them. the other two books in the series, the secret garden and pride and prejudice, were illustrated by my best friend becca stadtlander (it always just works out that way!)
Monday, February 2, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
“--while the sun and wind played gently in its spreading branches; the bells of the donskoy monastery would sometimes float across--tranquil and sad--and i would sit and gaze and listen, and would be filled with a nameless sensation which had everything in it; sorrow and joy, a premonition of the future, and desire, and fear of life.” (ivan turgenev, first love)
images 1-7: mikhailovskoye; final image: pskov (2012)
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
i'm in TASCHEN's new illustration now! book, two whole pages! i know i'm a working illustrator and all that jazz, but i'm still only four years out of school and two years a full time freelancer - so, this is a very great honor.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
i finally have a copy of mrs. dalloway's party! it's a beautifully designed edition, although rather difficult to come by if you don't live in a spanish-speaking country. the best part about it is that it's a companion piece to un cuarto propio (a room of one's own), illustrated by my best friend becca stadtlander.
amelia's magazine turns 10 years old this year; to celebrate, amelia is working on a special edition, collectible artists' book (with a gold leaf cover!) themed "that which we do not understand," an exploration of all things to do with mysticism, spirituality, alchemy, paganism, witchcraft, magic, folklore, occult, esotericism, astrology and more. the campaign to fund the project is well underway and needs just a little more help to see the light of day!
my submission for the book was inspired by camille saint-saëns' 1874 composition "danse macabre," a spooky but cheerful tune which describes skeletons dancing to the sound of death's fiddle each halloween night before returning to their graves at dawn for another year.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
an archival print of my painting "la boum" is available in a limited edition of 100 from tiny showcase. $250 from sales of the artwork go to a charity of the artist's choice - i've chosen room to read, an organization which works in collaboration with communities and local governments across asia and africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they'll need to succeed in school and beyond.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
one of my favorite shows from mercedes benz fashion week russia, alena akhmadullina's beautiful and highly wearable spring/summer 2015 collection. i would wear every single piece i saw on the catwalk!
a round-up of some of my drawings of interesting guests attending MBFWRussia (including one of my personal heroes, the inimitable evelina khromchenko). my favorite elements of personal style that i spotted among the crowd were accessories à la russe, including czarina-style headdresses and floral pavlovo posad shawls.
what an adventure! i spent the last week in moscow as a guest of mercedes benz fashion week russia, sitting in the front row at shows, watching preparations backstage and scouting for interesting guests in the crowd, drawing whatever i saw and liked alongside two fashion illustrators, meagan morrison and jaesuk kim. this innovative way of looking at fashion week got such a positive response from attending guests and notable press like russian VOGUE and marie claire, that i think we can confidently consider it a success!
Friday, October 17, 2014
craig arend of models off duty and alexander shumsky, founder and president of MBFWRussia (formerly "russian fashion week"), have kindly invited me to come to moscow next week and draw the shows at the event's 29th season. the turnaround will be the quickest i've ever experienced, since my interpretation of the runways will be used by the russian and international press and social media. am i nervous and a little terrified? yes. is it an opportunity i can refuse? definitely not. see you in moscow!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
it feels like just yesterday that i was submitting sketches for this project, and now it's a finished, beautiful object that i can hold in my hands. ronald tauber's the little book of jewish celebrations - with thirteen full-page color illustrations, a gold foil motif and hand lettering on the cover, and illustrated endpapers - will be available from chronicle books on september 2nd. hooray for designer allison weiner and chronicle for preserving the art of exquisite book publishing.
Friday, August 22, 2014
i've been away for the last few weeks, paying a visit to my hometown and taking a few excursions on the way, to the island monastery of valaam on lake ladoga, to finland (lappeenranta and helsinki) and the most pleasant surprise of all: the town of vyborg, located about 85 miles northwest of saint petersburg. i loved it immediately. much of the city appears to be in ruins or near-ruins which gives it a strange, lonely feeling, but despite some soviet bleakness - including a large statue of lenin - a certain scandinavian spirit and charm permeate the city streets (the originally swedish town changed hands twice during its 800-year existence).
"love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element." although i love to travel alone, every new experience is an exercise in overcoming fear and inhibition, and these words from audrey niffenegger's the time traveler's wife became a kind of personal mantra that helped me along in small moments of shyness and doubt.