Sunday, March 1, 2009


This was a difficult week for me. My friend, Melissa Lanitis Gregory, died suddenly on February 24th. As difficult as death is for the living, it brings valuable reflection that can result in profound gifts. We will all miss Melissa and her quest to bring the community together through art.

As I finished this illustration of Nepenthes bicalcarata - aka Fanged Pitcher Plant - I also sent my goals and dreams off to my mentor, Yuyi Morales. I sat with my ideas for a long time and this is what I came up with - I want to inspire children with my art, make words come alive, and transport onlookers to amazing lands through imagery. I also want my income to come from doing this. What a concept. What a dream. As a concrete way of achieving this, I want to develop my portfolio enough in the Mentor Program for this to happen. OK. Seems pretty straightforward. : )

One of the objectives Ms. Morales suggested is to do some illustrations for a folktale or other type of story that fits my style. I'm drawn to cultural stories and I've been researching them all week. If you have a favorite cultural story that you would like to suggest, you can email me or leave a comment and I'll take a look!

Now I'm off to finish the other client illustration I am working on!

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