I am so excited to be a part of the Story & Image illustration show at Emerge! Twelve regional artists each illustrated a portion of the short story “Witch Lake” by local author Sharma Shields. In my portion, a thirteen year old girl walks backward through the doorway into her father’s cabin, startling the two […]
This is my third year on the Board of Directors for the Spokane Regional MarCom Association, and each year every chairperson has to write a column for the newsletter. I decided to make a comic instead.
It was a pleasure working with the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council on designing this map and signage for Audubon Park. This project was grant funded, and I am honored to have been involved, especially since this is a wonderful park that my kids and I frequent. They wanted to highlight some of the more interesting trees […]
The theme of the Spark Awards this year was so much fun to design to. “Celebrating Marketing that Hit the Sweet Spot” developed into piñatas and flying candy. I couldn’t resist working in a comic feel, and the rest of the board went for it. The piñata illustration was pen and watercolor, and the rest […]
I’m so excited to have been included in the inaugural edition of INWASA‘s Spokane Sequential magazine! This is my first comic in print, and it was a thrill to open the cover and see my comic there, on page 1 even! For those of you unable to pick up a copy, here is my complete […]
Trigger Warning: ****This is a story about rape culture. While no violence against women is graphically described, there is frequent reference to rape as well as use of adult language.*** That being said, I think if everyone read this story, we could end rape culture. Click the ambigram to read the full story.
This was such a fun brand to work on! Karen Petersen is a speaker, author, and success coach, and later this month she will be launching her new podcast “Smashing Success Stories.” She wanted a superhero(ine) look to her new logo with a lot of color and energy, a little “Hulk smash!” and a little […]
Author Kate Poitevin is a dear friend of mine and she wrote this fantastic story about her grandchildren on a magical adventure. I designed her cover a few years ago, with permission to use a few photos by my sister, Megan Kennedy of Rogue Heart Media, Inc. Kate recently decided to re-release her story in […]
This is the fifth year that my neighborhood has organized a free concert in the park, and it’s the fifth year that I have had the pleasure of designing the promo poster. Each year it’s a new local band, and I’m excited to get to hear the music of Buffalo Jones in a few short […]
I had the pleasure of once again working with the inspiring ladies of the Spokane chapter of Executive Women International (EWI), this time on their upcoming Denim & Diamond fundraising event. The theme is not the first of its kind though it was new to me, the concept being that attendees can wear what they […]
It’s always a fun challenge to create a logo for a committee, trying to fulfill everyone’s requirements. This logo went through several versions though the style remained the same. I liked the idea of employing an engraving look for the blacksmithing tools, because it has an old-fashioned yet timeless quality. The group wanted to keep […]
It was a lot of fun getting to work on this very sophisticated logo. Candice had a clear idea of what she was looking for: gold over gray and white marble. It was mostly a matter of finding the right font to express the style she wanted for her fashion and lifestyle Instagram.
This was an awesome project! The MarCom event committee chose a Triple Crown theme (a prestigious horse racing award, if you’re not familiar. *I wasn’t*) for the 2017 Spark Awards gala, so I got to play with horse imagery for the related materials. I designed a sort of seal for the event that I then […]
I thought that I was well-traveled in the Curious George universe, given that he’s one of my kids’ favorite characters. I have seen the TV episodes more times than I care to admit, as well as the movies, and the handful of books we’ve got are bedtime favorites. But when I requested the original storybook […]
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a long-lost friend on a logo for his new website, outrightawesome.com, which is currently under construction. He is a purveyor of all things nerdy, so the logo needed to bring to mind nerd culture, especially sci-fi and comic books. This design was inspired by the […]
Over a decade now, since we first met And you are still the salsa by which all other salsas are judged. No other can compare. Sure, other salsas are delicious And I have eaten plenty. In fact, I like most of them But none as much as you. I still remember my first jar, […]
It seems there’s always someone crying out in the middle of the night, and tonight it’s the cat’s turn to interrupt my slumber. I fumble for my phone to check the time, though I don’t know why I bother. Why do I add up the hours of sleep? Is it to swap war stories with […]
This is the first of an ongoing series of projects that I’ve been planning to increase focus and cultivate positive growth: a place to record and display goals and organize thoughts, and to reflect on the day at its completion and plan for the next. I have long had a weakness for picture frames, especially when […]
Last fall I stumbled upon a short story contest whose only parameters were that the story be less than 1000 words and that it be somehow related to the visual prompt: a lovely and haunting watercolor by artist Maggie Chiang (shared here with permission). The contest was scheduled to close the very next day, but […]
There has been a lot of outcry about the statement “Black Lives Matter,” with people complaining that the statement itself is racist. They are attempting to drown it out by yelling “all lives matter” (a phrase that ironically reinforces that Black lives do indeed matter). Even some supporters of the cause have conceded that it […]
The following was the final post on my old blog, coincidentally published five years ago today: the day of my first post on my new blog. I’m still living in the little brick bungalow, but a lot has changed in the last five years. I was able to escape from working retail and make a […]