Published in Somerset Studio, Fall 2012

Surprised and delighted to have a little something of mine published in the new Somerset Studio.

The challenge for this issue was to create art in honor of Edgar Allen Poe.

I submitted this mixed-media piece based on his poem “The Coliseum”…

This issue has some really beautiful collage papers included…

Many thanks to the folks at Somerset Studio for including my piece in this issue!

I finally got a FB page up yesterday!  I’ll be posting drawings and photos that don’t make it onto the blog so be sure and go give it a click and ‘like’ it!


I’m working on some sketches for this year’s Candy Corn Queen and wishing fall would hurry up and cool things off.

Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for visiting!



“Victorian House 101″ Mixed-Media Piece for Somerset Studio

This was my first submission to get published in Somerset Studio.  I lost count of how many rejections came before this. A LOT.  If you’re submitting artwork to a publication these days, be patient and keep on trying!

The lid comes off and the insert pulls out.  There are three panels decorated with a different Victorian houses on both sides. Each house features a specific architectural detail specific to Victorian houses, and the date they came into fashion.

The gingerbread panel features a tab that lifts up to reveal another house.  The architecture is highlighted on these prints with Prismacolor pencils.

Oh, how I love big front porches!

Also in the box are these little “extras”.  One is a tag featuring a labeled illustration- “Victorian House School”. The other is a small envelope, with another house picture, and a description of how elaborately decorated Victorian houses were.

Another architectural detail on the back of the tag…

I hope you enjoyed taking a closer look!

Victorian House Mixed-Media for Somerset Studio

 **I apologize for the frightful quality of these photos! I’m in the process of updating this post, now that I know how to use my camera!**Victorian 0

This is not a new piece but it is my first mixed-media piece to get published.  I’m just a teensy bit proud of it, so I thought I’d share some pics.  Somerset Studio is an extra cool mixed-media art mag. They continually run their “Call for Creativity” with all sorts of themes so people like you and I can put our creativity to the test.  This piece was featured in the March/April 2008 issue.  It was small and towards the back but, hey! It was in there! 

 It’s actually a box that held chip-board alphabet pieces.  Nope, I didn’t want them, I just wanted the box with the clear “window” in the lid.  Anyone else do that ?  I see things all the time and think, “oh, that’s a nice container. I could do something with that”.  I attached a fold-out that featured different architectural features of Victorian houses.  I love charming old Victorians, so I had a lot of fun making this.  And thanks to my sweet friend Missy for letting me stamp her perfect little bird at the bottom!

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Victorian 3

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This page has a flap to lift...
This page has a flap to lift... reveal another house with gingerbread. reveal another house with gingerbread.
In the very back are some extras.
In the very back are some extras.

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The contents of the envelope 







Back of the tag

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