From birds to babies, I love exploring ways to tell stories visually. Each illustration is a window into a unique and magical world.
These are two sets of cards- the first batch are tree cards based on my 100 Trees daily project. I generated so many ideas from that sketchbook and I'm loving reworking and cleaning up some of the images and turning them into greeting cards.
The bottom set are linocuts painted with watercolor. They are bright, happy birthday animals for young children.
In November 2015 I decided to create 100 tree images in my sketchbook. I did one a day (most days) using any medium and any style- just exploring and having fun!
These landscapes and animals are reflections of Northwest Colorado- a place of wildflowers, rolling hills, blue sky, and snow. It's so easy to be inspired by this countryside! My family spends time outside in every season and I feel lucky to live here.
The beauty of our planet seen from space is breathtaking. I wanted to make a book celebrating our world and I knew I couldn't compete with the real photos. So instead I let my decorative side take over and made these images. Being from North America, the other hemispheres don't look as familiar. But it's good to be reminded that those lives on the other side of the world aren't really that far away- just a turn of the globe.
These books are all very different from each other, made with different techniques and materials. But they all reflect parts of my personality and interests. Lullaby was inspired by the time spent singing my baby to sleep. Her favorite song was Blackbird by the Beatles and I sang it on repeat for hours. Afternoon Walk is a book of paintings about the beauty of walking in rural Colorado. Evergreen has tree samples from seven different evergreen trees, etchings, statistics, and poems about the trees. Earth is an edition celebrating the beauty of our home planet as seen from space. Wildflowers is an accordion book with decorative etchings of flowers found one summer in Colorado. Field Guide: Western Bird's Eggs is a book of encaustic paintings about common Rocky Mountain birds. Plaid is an edition of wacky plaids with even wackier names, The Girl with the Pretty Red Hair is full of word plays based on a little girl with red flowers for hair.
I'm happy to create artwork for your home, as a gift, or as a promotion for your business. These are some examples of commissions I've done in the last few years. Let me know if you have an idea and we can discuss the details! firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the envelope at the bottom of the page.
My daughter and I have made 2 sketchbooks together. We did the first one when she was a one year old for The Sketchbook Project. We did the second one the next year just because it was so much fun. She would start each page with a scribble in pen and I would try and turn it into something using pencil and a little color.
Original art from Jill Bergman.