Years the house stood vacant on the lot. Damp and dust conjoined; mold grew. Vines broke in, and became trees. Ants turned beams to sand. Winds beat against walls. The house fell, and into the mud it sank.
A fully functioning miniature steam engine sealed inside a glass case at St. Louis' Union Station Hotel. There seemed to me something poignant about an object designed to travel and breathe finding itself confined in this way. (I grew up on Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series books, the best known character from which is Thomas the Tank... Continue Reading →
Lately I've been working to improve and expand the listings on my Etsy shop (link in the menu), and part of the process is creating a line of greeting cards I plan to release in the near future. I drew this little engine for the Valentine's Day card, as implied by the engine's name. (The... Continue Reading →
I almost titled this post “This Too Shall Pass.” This picture I took almost a year ago got my attention and reminded me of the tricks perspective can play. Environments and situations that seem so large, so spectacularly all-consuming when we’re down in them begin to look like little more than lines in an ant... Continue Reading →
People who care about the environment are sometimes called 'tree huggers,' but how often do you see a tree that looks willing to hug back?
"And now for something completely different." An abstract painting from my Etsy site, titled Imagery. Can you see the title in the lines? Backstory: This was done for an undergraduate design class. We were promised extra points if we could successfully incorporate imagery in an abstract design. This was my tongue-in-cheek response.
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." The quote is often attributed to Søren Kierkegaard, though I've seen some sources that suggest it didn't actually come from him, with differing evidence as to where it originated. As much as I admire Kierkegaard, I admit I haven't read all... Continue Reading →
Aravis Quarterfire - Ceylan’s daughter, Nesrin’s favorite niece, and the object of Isabelle’s hero worship. I think Isabelle would appreciate that they were drawn in similar poses. The interesting thing about making these portraits is how far they go towards developing my understanding of the characters. It forces consideration of details such as the character’s... Continue Reading →