These pieces were all completed in September 2018.
You Are Made Of...
You are Made of Heavy Metal and Inner Peace
Strong women. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them. This piece was inspired by a friend who is unapologetically herself and is always striving to be equal parts bad ass and a force of good in the world. Rock on.
You are Made of Courage and Butterfly Wings
Butterflies mean so many things to so many people. For me, this piece is about the fragility and courage that it takes to keep going every day.
You are Made of Coffee and Moonbeams
Life is filled with many magical things. Two of them include being able to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in the morning together and sitting under the moon and stars at night. To find someone that you can enjoy both with — that’s not just magic, it’s perfection.
You are Made of Rainbows and Perseverance
Inspired by those who always come out of a storm with a smile on their face.
You are Made of Mountain Air and Tenderness
There’s something just so soft and lovely about going to the mountains, don’t you agree? The hustle and busy-ness just melts away, you breathe deeper and are able to truly connect with the people around you.
This piece came to me as I was waking up one morning and would not let me free until it was finished. I don’t often paint late into the evening these days, but this one had me in the studio until 2 a.m. I need to be in the mountains more often.
You are Made of Sunshine and Patience
I’m not a patient person, so I’m always in awe of those who are — especially working moms. This sweet sunshine was inspired by a few women who seem to do it all without ever losing their cool.
You are Made of Tiger Stripes and Kindness
This pairing danced in my head for two weeks before I was able to get it out on paper. And when I did, it just flowed like a cold glass of water on a summer’s day.
Tenacity and kindness don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can be strong and gentle - something that I sometimes forget, especially when I worked in the corporate world. I’d rather fight for survival of the kindest, vs. strongest.
More Could, Less Should
I drew this as I made the decision to leave corporate America. I don’t think I will ever forget sitting at my kitchen table drawing this and thinking about what could happen if I decided to follow my dreams.
Love in Triplicate
There is no such thing as too much. Hand stenciled, watercolor and then digitally enhanced to create this print. Single love bars are available as a sticker.
You Got This
Who doesn’t need to be reminded of this from time to time? This was inspired by a conversation with myself. I was preparing for my first show and I was crazy nervous. This design came effortlessly out onto the page. It also made me feel a lot better and more confident. Available as a print and card.
There is just something so nice about getting a card in the mail. I used to send mail all of the time. Now? Not so much. I’m hoping that these little sweeties will not only inspire me but others to text less and write more.
Joy Joy Joy
Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
Peace on Earth
Gouache and Ink
Peace Be With YOu
Watercolor, Gouache and Paper Collage
Things Worth Rooting For
This idea came to me at the beginning of football season. I am not a sports fan, but I love the gear and memorabilia that comes along with sports. I painted each pennant individually and created the poster from all six. Also available as a coffee mug.
Fish are super fun to paint, especially when using watercolor.
School of Rock
Back in my bottleheads days, I did a set of KISS character bottles. It felt only natural to bring the iconic group to life under water. This one just makes me smile every time I look at it.
This fun foursome is available as a print or on a mug.
I love these little guys. Available as a print of five, individual fish prints or notecards.
Hand of Fatima
I created this in November 2017 to celebrate Veterans Day and honor all of the brave men and women, including my wife, who fight for our country.
This Little Light of Mine
Friends are always an endless source of inspiration. When a previous co-worker contacted me regarding an idea she had for her son, we easily collaborated to bring her idea to life. I just love the sweetness of this.
You are My Sunshine
This saying holds such a sweet spot in so many people’s lives. I was happy to create this for someone wanting to honor a special relationship.
Be Your Happy Series
A few years ago I started a blog called Green Bird of Happiness. My goal with that blog was to remind myself of things that made me happy. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed at the time and had sort of lost a sense of the things that really made me happy. It chronicled mostly creative and artistic pursuits and it really helped me stay accountable to myself. Fast forward to 2017. As I was making the transition from my corporate career to an artistic one, I found myself in a familiar place of being overwhelmed and bogged down by things that didn’t bring me joy. I flipped through old sketchbooks and found birds everywhere. I started this series to remind myself, and eventually others, about what makes each of us happy.
While a few of these pieces are still available for sale, I only work on custom birds now. I want each whimsical character to maintain its unique meaning. I also think each bird needs to be fitted with the right name so that the owner truly sees themselves in the piece.
This little guy is proud to wave his pride flag and be unapologetically himself. He also happens to be available for sale. Contact me for details.
Jack, Rose and Marysue love the holidays
Who doesn’t love celebrating holidays? These sweet little birds are there to remind you to have fun and be happy all year round. The 8x10” original is available for purchase. Contact me for details.
Laura, Jack, Joey and Peter Love to Travel Together
This family has gone everywhere together. It was a joy to bring their passion to life.
Ben, Cole and Paul love to ski together.
This piece was commissioned for an active father and son trio. Who knew that birds could look so handsome in scarves and beanies?
Michael loves having the whole universe inside of him.
This piece was made for one of the most shining souls I’ve ever encountered.
Creating custom invitations and event designs has always been something that I’ve loved. Here are a few pieces that I’ve done to celebrate not only my own wedding but the arrival of my sweet niece.
I designed this image to be the centerpiece of our wedding invitations. It was the perfect combination of my wife’s love of tattoos and my love of color.
My niece chose a woodland theme for her daughter’s decorations. I loved piecing this invitation together. For this, I painted each element separately and then collaged them together in Photoshop.
This sweet design was converted to stationary to celebrate an author’s book by the same name.
Home portrait was converted to unique family stationary. I love this idea so much that I am probably going to steal it for our family!
Custom Orders - Mixed Media
When you hear about people who need to be reminded of their magic - my heart just leaps out of my chest. I had the honor of making this sweet little reminder for two amazing people. May they always remember how special they are.
I had the honor of helping to create a custom family book for a special family. The book was a combination of my illustrations and family photos. I created over 40 illustrations to help tell the story. It was so much fun to bring this family to life through paint.
Hello Beautiful Stationary
Upon the release of her book by the same name, this author reached out to me to create custom stationary for her fans. Some of her favorite items are ladybugs and daisies…so that’s what I focused this design around. These cards just make you smile when opening them. I was thrilled to work on this project.
Custom Home Portraits
This home portrait was turned into a family stationary set. It was such a fun project to work on.