Monthly Archives: July 2010

Illustrated Portrait

This is a project I did recently for a client. The idea came from some illustrations I did when I was in Germany of women with castles on their heads and villages in their clothes.  I thought it would be cool to use this whimsical technique to incorporate a person’s interests into their portrait.  My client’s wife, whom I was doing the portrait of, just graduated from the University of Washington and is going to be consulting developing countries on their marine policies, this being a major part of her life it is the main theme of the portrait. She also adores her dog, and is from Kenya, so I included a mini portrait of her dog and adorned her with jewelry from Kenya.

Seth built a beautiful custom frame to go with the painting. I believe it was out of African Mohagony.  I am really pleased with the end result!

Spaghetti Feed!

This year my mom and I are going to be participating in the Alzheimers Association Memory Walk.  My Grandpa has been suffering from this horrible disease for the past several years and our whole family is feeling it’s effects.  As part of our team’s fund raising efforts we are putting on a spaghetti feed.  Entry by donation, all proceeds going to the 2010 Memory Walk.

Friday, August 20th, 2010 @ 6p.m.

If you would like to receive an official invitation please e-mail me with your address and I will get one out to you!

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association and this year’s Memory Walk go to

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Party Animals

A few years ago for Christmas I had made a set of magnets for my family, but just recently my brother’s magnet from that original set was discovered by a particularly naughty puppy. So for his birthday this year I decided to make him a set all his own.

Here is the original, doggie hampered magnet.

Below is it’s replacement and the rest of the Party Animals.

Each magnet is made of a 2″x2″ piece of 1/4″ bamboo plywood (complements of my woodworking husband). I painted on them with acrylic paint which was slightly diluted in order to let the lovely lined texture of the wood come through the entire image. I think the dancing penguin is my favorite.

If you would like to procure your very own set of individually designed and illustrated magnets please contact me with the following details:

Color preferences

Animal preferences

Theme preference (Party, Culinary, Sprots, etc.)

Magnets are sold for $12 each or in Sets of 5 for $50. (one animal drawing per magnet)

If you would like magnets with a different number of animals, finer detail or something other than animals being silly just contact me with the details and I will get back to you with a quote.