Recent Illustrations

In early January, I broke my dominant hand– my drawing hand. It was a big setback initially, but I ended up exploring other ways of working and it didn’t end up being quite so bad. I drew with my left hand a lot and played around with collages and other experiments. Here are some of the first ones I attempted:



I ended up doing a couple of pieces for Louisville Magazine using my left hand and some digital manipulation- I’m pretty proud of how these turned out.


This was a piece that was initially submitted for Jack Welch’s “Just Sayin” column, but we ended up reworking as the image below: I did end up drawing the lady with my right hand as it was starting to heal, but it hurt quite a bit:


This one was for Mary Welp’s Dine In column. I drew the oranges and scallop shells really big with my left hand and then shrunk them down and played with them in photoshop.


Louisville Magazine Illustrations- December

I contributed two illustrations to the December 2015 issue of Louisville Magazine. The first was for Jack Welch’s column, “Just Sayin” in which he wrote about “ghosts of river road.” I did a painting of the the Heigold Facade with ghosts. Art Direction by Suki Anderson


I also created a food illustration for Mary Welp’s “Dine In” column- this was for a beet salad with grapefruit, pomegranates and hazelnut pesto. I made this salad before working on the illustration and it tasted AMAZING! Art Direction by Suki Anderson


To read the articles and see the illustrations in context of the magazine, look here.


I spent the last two nights in a cabin in the woods at the Sisters of Loretto Community near Bardstown, KY. It was a really special experience and I can’t recommend it enough. Yesterday, I painted trees for about 10 hours straight and spent that time looking at line, shadow, negative space, positive space and at the same time thinking about all the people in my life I’m grateful for. It was interesting how in this experience of solitude I felt far from alone.


Headed to Kazakhstan!


Today I leave for a month-long trip to Kazakhstan to participate in the 2015 ArtBat Festival in Almaty, thanks to support from the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan and ArtBat Festival. This program was also made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s Arts Envoy program.

In its sixth year, the ArtBat Festival unites Kazakhstani and international artists to create public installations and develop art education in Kazakhstan.


I am thrilled to be working with young arts students from the Kasteyev Arts School to create murals that depict Kazakhstani fairy tales. These murals will be on display at the ArtPoint public arts space in downtown Almaty. I will also teach art and music workshops and deliver presentations about art education to both students and educators.

In addition, I will deliver presentations on “how to brand a creative city,” showcasing the programs, events, festivals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other initiatives happening in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, a city well known for its thriving arts community. Following my visit to Almaty, I will travel to Astana (Kazakhstan’s capital city) to meet officials from the Ministry of Education to discuss art education, as well as guide students through additional projects.

I’ve also been asked to take over the U.S. Consulate General Almaty’s Instagram account during my stay. You can follow me at @uscgalmaty. I’ll also be keeping a journal of my experience here:

I’m SO grateful to my friend Charles Martin for facilitating this experience, and for all the organizers at ARTBAT and the US Consulate in Almaty and in Astana. I can’t wait to meet everyone!