I have a passion for making handmade art books. Every year I enter the Sketchbook Project to keep me on task and explore new ways of making art. I work well under deadlines and enjoy the challenge.
2020 Sketchbook Project
The 2020 project is named The Diatom Dance and features illustrations and a short poem about a microorganism ball.
If in your lifetime you get a chance
A diatom dance
All manner of microbe will be there
Attend with flare
You pass the night away
At the “bon fete micro”
When suddenly a water flea
Steals the show
What catches your glance
Is a noctiluca drinking sambuca
At the Diatom Dance
2019 Sketchbook Project
2019’s project is informally named “Slide Layers” and was meant to depict the depth that can be found in a single drop of water viewed under a slide preparation. This book emphasized form, transparency, and interplay of shapes. I had to complete this while I moved across the country, so a simple stab binding did the trick!
2018 Sketchbook Project
See the entire project on Flickr
Golden Microorganism Motifs is the name of my 2018 Sketchbook Project. This book explores a new direction I’m going in my artwork based on my use of dark field filters and my interest in Victorian notions, frames, and themes. This book features microorganisms alongside delicate lady hands featured in greeting cards as well as decorative frames and motifs.
2017 Sketchbook Project
The 2017 Sketchbook Project is titled Diatoms of the Alaskan Interior. This book is based on samples observed from a variety of locations in Alaska ranging from the Turnagain Arm to Fairbanks. Microorganisms are arranged in motifs reminiscent of frontier wallpapers and designs.
2016 Sketchbook Project
My 2016 Sketchbook Project entry, Cell Portraits. This sketchbook represents when I began to use microscopy more closely and work from direct observation of samples.
2015 Sketchbook Project
My 2015 Sketchbook project theme was Red Virus. This book was a fold out type experimental format. Themes included traditional symbols of the four apostles with a virus or bacteria that would infect that animal. John the eagle features bird flu. Mark the lion features babesia. Luke the ox has a mad cow prion wrapped around itself. Matthew the man has a blank space symbolizing a vector where all these viruses may jump species. The book presents the life cycle of the cell in the middle section with the mitosis, then full cell growth, then blebbing and cell death at the bottom. The left side fold out of the book feature the way we traditionally fought illness, a knife used for bleeding patients. The right side represents the modern vaccination process.
2014 Sketchbook Project
My 2014 Sketchbook Project was the beginning of my exploration of microorganisms. This project was titled Macro Micro and explored common microorganisms.