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New work in progress:  Floral color pencil drawing on black paper

New work in progress: Floral color pencil drawing on black paper

the process & the work

As a mixed media artist, I like to choose and combine materials influenced by nature and the world around me. My process and work explores storytelling, often reinterpreting memories found in my own family with plants and heirloom objects that symbolize people, places, and times past.

The heart of my print business TheBlackDogPress is "Steward your favorite Story." After searching and considering why I am so passionate about creating artwork that is inspired by literature, I came across this word stewardship. Some definitions I found were: to keep, or to tend, for or on behalf of another, or for another person or generation yet to come. I love this idea for the stories that not only have impacted the person I am, but have the ability to impact culture for many generations to come. I am very particular about which stories I choose for my art. I am currently working on artwork inspired by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and I have many more already in mind to work through next (Madeliene L'Engle, J.K. Rowling, G.K. Chesterton, etc). I believe these stories should be told and retold and retold. What better way to "keep" these stories than to let them live as artworks - as reminders in our homes of their passion, their power, and their truth. I would love for you to join me in stewarding these epic tales.