Hi! I'm a 36-year-old artist, writer, and naturalist. I live and work in an off-grid tiny house in the Arkansas Ozarks with my husband Ryan. I enjoy watching wildlife, reading, and of course drawing! You can read more about my art process below. I volunteer my time to design and produce greeting cards for retailers and to sell here in our solar-hosted online shop. Every penny of profit from card sales helps offset the cost of Ripples conservation projects at the Historic Johnson Farm, such as purchasing native plants that support wildlife, cameras to monitor wildlife and stop illegal use of the property, and more. Ripples is a personal project about living our lives in a way that helps both people and planet. Check it out and thank you for supporting us by purchasing a greeting card or print!
I draw everything by hand on drafting film (Grafix Dura-Lar double sided matte .005) using a mixed media process involving mostly Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and Pan pastels. I don't enjoy creating art digitally and prefer the feel of traditional art mediums, but I do use the open-source editing program GIMP when necessary to fix a mistake or scanning issue. Every design begins in my imagination with concept thumbnail sketches in graphite pencil. A final sketch is worked out on white paper (with much exasperated erasing) and transferred onto the film, then colored in. Many weeks of editing and customer feedback follow. Finally, the design is prepared and sent to the printer and packaged for retailers.
Here are a couple of my new greeting card designs! (New designs may not yet be available for sale in stores or online) Throughout 2020 and 2021, I've been eagerly working on a new line of 5x7 cards, Tea and Tidings, featuring tea themes with animals, desserts, flowers, and things that make people happy (I hope)! On the back of each card is a short paragraph of prose unique to every design.