I had the pleasure of making some sketches for Eve Ensler to accommodate her new essay "Trump a Fable". It's a great piece of writing and you can read more about her fable and see my accompanying images in this interview HERE.
I have been BUSY, hence the blog silence over here. I am launching City of Hidden Figures a public art program that celebrates local hidden female figures through murals, statues, and the renaming of streets. It's been an incredible journey so far with a trip to LA to the USOW spring conference where we first launched our project with a temporary installation. We are also becoming a non profit. City of Hidden Figures is currently recognized by the state of Maine as a non profit and we are working on our federal application. Once we have the federal status we can't wait to curate public art in sister cities around the country by local female-identifying artists.
I am painting the inaugural mural for City of Hidden Figures. You can read more about it here. Please help us reach our fundraising goal HERE. And visit our website to sign up for our newsletter and to nominate a hidden figure in your home town!
It's March 19th and tomorrow is the first day of Spring. We still have a foot of snow sticking around here in Maine and it's hard for me to imagine a time when it will be warmer and green. Thus my new card designs are the perfect bright antidote.
You can find these designs in the featured section of my shop's homepage or in their various categories under greeting cards.
I hope you have a pleasant start to spring!
A few weeks ago I was asked by The Tampa Bay Times to create an illustration to accompany this year's Oscars article by Steve Persall Titled "Hollywood's Women Deserve Better, Stronger Roles" This was a delight to work on and the article is a great read about the need for Hollywood to strive to provide equal pay and equal roles for women.
Well this was a wonderful surprise! What a rich year for covers! Congratulations to The New Yorker for all of the accolades, well deserved.
As we approached the one year anniversary of the women's march and of my New Yorker Cover, it was wonderful to be interviewed by The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where I received my MFA in 2008. You can read the interview here. ps: I now have a "press" page where you can read and listen to past interviews.
As women were marking the one year anniversary of the Women's March, the real Rosie the Riveter passed away on Saturday January 20th. She had a long life and the story of her rediscovery is quite fascinating. When the NY Times article came out, friends and family began sending it to me, which was considerate and didn't surprise me as Rosie related things are sent to me quite a bit after my New Yorker Cover. But it wasn't until I read the article in full, that I realized I was mentioned in the piece. I am happy and surprised to be included. And it was a nice full circle moment as I got my start illustrating for The NY Times.
Over the summer I was asked by Ply magazine to create an illustration of a comical take on an end of days fiber bunker. They gave me a color pallet to work from and I was off and running. This was really fun to make. Since creating this painting, I took a spinning class (the wool kind, not the workout kind) and I really love the rhythmic and tactile practice of working with wool. I think it will be a nice way to pass the winter months when my hands are missing digging in the dirt.