I love making portraits and was so inspired by Kamala Harris, that I had to pick up my lino-cutting tools and make a print of her.
A good time was had by all on Fathers Day at Indigo Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto. Lots of budding artists of all ages stopped by to try their hand at printmaking and stamping characters from An African Alphabet by Eric Walters, published by Orca Books. Thanks to Christie Williamson, Customer Experience Manager, IndigoKids, for inviting me back and for making the event a huge success!
An interest in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France propelled me to explore the lives of influential women from the period. I developed an interest in the fascinating life of Josephine Bonaparte and have written and illustrated a graphic novel about her journey from a plantation in Martinique, through the Terror to become Empress of France. The rough dummy is complete and a few pieces of final art, including this scene of a Victims’ Ball. Legend has it that after the Terror victims gathered to dance wildly as a release from the horrors they had experienced under the Jacobins. Women and men sheared their hair at the nape of the neck where the guillotine blade would have fallen. Women purportedly wore red chokers for the same reason. The historical accuracy of these accounts is contentious but it makes for an interesting story.
Franciscan Media commissioned me to illustrate the story, Forgotten Women of the New Testament, for St. Anthony Messenger magazine. I love this business because I learn something new everyday! I am a big fan of medieval art and enjoy illustrating saints and religious icons. My linocut technique seems a good fit for these kinds of stories and I am inspired by historical accounts of intrepid women who pushed through societal limitations to change the world.
I was invited to answer a few questions about illustration for the Illustrator Spotlight at HireAnIllustrator.com.
This linocut image was created for the eightieth birthday of Carus Publishing (Cricket Media) founder, Marianne Carus. It is a reinvention of the High Priestess tarot card incorporating icons to represent Spider, Cricket and Ladybug magazines. I also changed the card number from two to eighty.