Category: Art & Design

Merian_Maria_Sibylla_1647-1717From the Christian Science Monitor:

So why should we care about Merian all these centuries later? Well, as the website of the J. Paul Getty Museum puts it, Merian and her daughters (more on them later) were not just extremely talented artists. They were also pioneers who “raised the artistic standards of natural history illustration and helped transform the field of entomology.”

And Wikipedia:

Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg Flegel. She remained in Frankfurt until 1670, relocating subsequently to Nuremberg,Amsterdam and West Friesland. In 1699, she spent two years in Surinam on the encouragement of Cornelis van Aerssen van Sommelsdijck, the then-governor of the South American Dutch colony. Upon her return to Europe, she published her major work, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, for which she became famous. Because of her careful observations and documentation of themetamorphosis of the butterfly, she is considered one of the most significant contributors to the field of entomology.[1]

Ink: Monkey!! for Diane

My friend Diane was a great fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. She loved the monkey in all its forms. I did this ink piece for her of the monkey at his scariest. I am using the past tense because she passed away this past February from a brain tumor.  But at least she had some joy from the wee bit of artwork that I did for her. I miss her.



Rupert’s Land

As the lead designer for the redistribution campaign of Rupert’s Land, a full length feature film, starring Sam West, Ian Tracey and George Wendt {of Cheers fame}, I was tasked with the design and execution of all print materials for the DVD and PR campaign as well as the relaunch website graphics in conjunction with a back-end web programmer/developer. This project required long distance communication with the Project Manager, Film Producer, Writer/Editor, Web Developer and printing house, all in various locations throughout Canada.

You say tomato, and I say ….

Today was so yucky outside it was not worth making even the short trip to the job. So I stayed home and made with some watercolor that speaks to better weather. And what would that be? TOMATO!! First step in a ‘summer salad’ still life. Watercolor and watercolor pencils.