Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pet Portrait: Gary

Gary, gouache and pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
I don't just draw cats and dogs for pet portraits! You can commission one of your scaly friends too.

This is Gary, an adorable leopard gecko.

Pet Portrait: Martin

Martin, gouache and pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
I had the opportunity to draw Martin's portrait. His owners wanted something that represented his time in Pennsylvania, including seeing snow for the first time.

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


And a look at the drawing in progress with some of my references:


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beaver Card


I've been working on some winter designs for Groundswell Greetings. Here are some happy beavers drinking hot chocolate :)



I posted this sketch on Instagram, but ended up simplifying the final drawing. I used more stylized fur lines because of the size of the card, and because I thought it looked cute.

Also, look for my cards in my newest stockist, Renee James Boutique in Havertown.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Alligator Valentine


This is another design for Groundswell Greetings. It's still going on the American wildlife theme. ai know that American alligators are mostly black and yellow, but I wanted this to be a little more colorful. I made yellow bunnies and a purple raccoon before, so brightly colored animals fit with my other work.

I love reptiles. I'm not sure why I haven't drawn them much before. I should definitely draw more!

Here's a look at my preliminary drawing, and a look at the very beginning of my drawing:




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Unicorn Card

I have a brand new unicorn card available on Etsy!


Here's the preliminary drawing:


Pet Portrait: Hoss

I loved painting Hoss and her tennis balls!


Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:




Spring Catch Up!!!

If you follow me on social media, you've already seen these things.

I realized I never poster them on my blog, so here goes nothing:


The NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was in Philly this year. I was one of 16 artists to be asked by Mural Arts and the NFL to paint live during the NFL Draft. I had never painted live in front of an audience before, so I was excited, but also anxious before the event. We had to paint players who were drafted as they were drafted, so there was really no way to know ahead of time who you would represent. It was fast paced work! Time lapse cameras captured the whole experience:

NFL on Twitter

32 picks. 32 paintings. Local Philly artists #PaintedTheFuture to celebrate the #NFLDraft 1st Round. https://t.co/39KvmNK0Qd


We worked on prepainted canvases. I painted Jamal Adams for the New York Jets and Charles Harris for the Miami Dolphins:


Philly.com caught me working:


You can read about the whole thing, and see more pictures on the Mural Arts site:


Painting the Future with the NFL - Mural Arts Philadelphia

When the National Football League approached us at Mural Arts Philadelphia about using painting to commemorate the 2017 NFL Draft this April, we weren't sure what to expect. Philadelphia is a proud sports city, and we've done murals for the Eagles, the Phillies, and most recently the 76ers, but we'd never done anything like this.

Groundswell Greetings



My cards are now available on Groundswell Greetings here 

Custom Pet Portraits



Custom Pet Portraits are not available on Etsy here




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