This book is an examination of the symbolism of the rose. As its pages turn, the rose illustrations unfold the ever-repeating cycle of life and relationships, from a light pink bud to a crimson rose to a wilted stem that holds the seeds for new growth.
Dendrology is one word for the study of trees. It seems an appropriate title, since this book, in a sense, dissects the tree into its various components (namely roots, bark, branches, and leaves) even as the form of the book holds them together.
Signs & Omens
Signs & Omens collects a variety of "portents," each lovingly sewn into the fabric of the page. Each page is double-sided, with unique images on each side. This versatile and tactile book can be displayed in a variety of ways, and benefits from contact and manipulation by the viewer.
Blossoms & Sprouts
An original, one-of-a kind artist book, "Blossoms & Sprouts" collects several images of plants of various forms and in various stages of growth. Each page is double-sided, with unique images on each side. This versatile and tactile book can be displayed in a variety of ways, and benefits from contact and manipulation by the viewer.
Sea & Shore
"Sea and Shore" is a one-of-a-kind, hand-illustrated, hand-crafted pop-up book. From an octopus, to kelp, to coral, this book is swarming with ocean life, and each page offers a new, three-dimensional view of some aspect of the sea and shore. This original artist's book had a very interesting process of creation; it started out as an empty, accordion-style journal. I intended to sell it blank, inviting its future owner to fill it up with memories. Over time, however, I kept returning to it, and wondering if it would be better off transformed into a true "book." I really loved the cover design, which inspired me to consider an "ocean" theme for the content. Before long, I was crafting pop-up pages to fit inside the book. This is unusual for me, since I usually make individual pages first, then bind them into a book at the very end. This was the opposite - the book was already made, but I was filling the pages up with ink and paper cut-outs!
"Sun Myths" is a pull-out accordion book featuring a collection of linocut illustrations inspired by sun origin myths from around the world: - Coyote steals the sun (from native tribes of the American Southwest) - the Eye of Horus (from Egyptian mythology) - the chariot of Helios (from Greek mythology) - Maui catches the Sun (from multiple pacific island tribes) - the Sunbird (from Chinese mythology)
From seed to vine to flower to pumpkin, this rumination on the process of growth and maturation takes the form of a childlike quilt-book.
New England Wildflowers
Goldenrod, red clover, mullein, milkweed, evening primrose, and burdock - all wildflowers that grow in New England and have an edible or medicinal property.
The Selkie is a retelling of the Celtic myth of the female creature who is part human, part seal. It emphasizes the selkie's connection to nature - the sea, it's tides, the moon, and night - a connection that can never be fully severed.
Through the Seasons
A series of linoleum print collages showing the same profile altered by the changing of the year. Each one has a different combination of cut and arranged prints of branches, blossoms, buds, and leaves to create a different hairstyle, reminiscent of foliage of different seasons.
A selection of linoleum prints and illustrations inspired by elements of nature.
(pen and ink illustration)
A spindly tree stretches its branches into a swirling sky. If you look closer, that sky is filled not only with eddies of cloud-like line work, but also with birds & balloons, sea shells & snakes, waves & whales, to name a few.
The little sprout pushing its way out into the world fairly glows with sunshine, hope, and energy. The background is a swirl of blue and white, at once evoking both the blue sky and the tangle of roots that the plants are putting forth in the earth below.
Artemisia Vulgaris - Mugwort
This print aims at capturing some of the magic of mugwort, with its lovely fan of leaves and its seemingly mystical powers.
(ink and watercolor illustration)
Two trees join in filling the swirling sky with leaves.
Tree trunks, which usually appear solid, sturdy brown or deep grey, are transformed into delicate, almost ephemeral pillars.
Although we often see the sun as something somewhat static (we move around it, not the other way around), the surface of the sun itself is in constant motion.
Tree limbs stretch towards each other, searching for contact.
Linoleum prints and illustrations inspired by myth and legend.
The Great Beyond
Angel. Fallen Angel. Icarus. All looking to the sky for truth, hope, power, or freedom.
Selene and Endymion
The tale of lovers who could be together only in dreams.
A magical creature representing purity, innocence, and hope in the midst of a mundane, corrupt world.
The Juniper Tree
Taking inspiration from the fairytale as transcribed by the Brothers' Grimm, we see the meeting of the sister and her dead step-brother, whom she has unknowingly resurrected as a bird by tearfully burying him beneath a juniper tree. In the upper corner, a refrain of the bird's song tells a piece of the story.