What a year!
This year, my second in business, has been a whirlwind in the best way possible.
I tried many new things, stretched myself beyond my comfort zone,
and found incredible beauty there.
I’m going to do a quick review of the numbers here after the new year, once those numbers are set in stone. But man, for a year that did not include large Kickstarter projects, I’m pretty dang happy with the reach my art made this year. And before we get into those, here are the highlights from this year!
Not one, but two, collections of originals
One of my key goals for this year was to allow myself to explore, try new things, and play with new mediums. In March of this year I launched my first collection of acrylic and resin originals,
the Arctic Collection. It was this exhibition that got me to rebrand as a multiple media explorer.
In May I launched the Verdant Collection, inspired by the coming explosion of spring. This process was very therapeutic for me, and brought new understanding about my favorite elements of being an artist. It also strengthened my eye for composition, which made my work better across all mediums.
Working in acrylic works very well for me through the winter months, with it’s slow, contemplative layers, and needed patience. I expect to return to this medium again in winter of 2019.
Resin, not so much.
A public return to inks
As I transitioned back to inks, after my brief hiatus with acrylics, I entered the world of live art demonstrations. Starting at Treehouse Collaborative (new friends from this year!) and the Taubman Museum of Art with acrylics, I then began doing demos all over the area in inks, from retail locations to the Salem Museum. These live demos made way for more wholesale, retail, and local stockists as well! (4 new ones this year!)
I didn’t know then, but becoming comfortable doing my ink work in front of a crowd was preparing for me for one of the biggest highlights of the year.
Sleeping at Last Collaboration
Just recounting this still gives me chills.
As I began pouring myself back into my ink practice in June/July, I was cranking out new pieces almost every day. and was listening to Sleeping at Last’s music the whole time. One day, Ryan sent me a message on Instagram, and I about passed out.
About a month later I was walking into a recording studio in Chicago to create the music video for the song “Four.” When it finally released in September, I was blown away by the support from amazing new collectors and Insta-family. It still feels a bit surreal.
To watch the music video collab (which has over 80K views!) go here.
A new technique and new product line
double exposures and pillows here
Commissions and tattoos
insert talking about new product lines
These were just a handful of the highlights from this year.
I am continually amazed that I get to do this — for all of you and with all of you.