Black Friday – free shipping

"Capybara" 2010 8x10" Edition of 30

Capybara — because I don’t have any turkey art

Thanksgiving in the United States is traditionally a day of gratitude. We each give thanks for whoever and whatever is most important in our lives. I love spending Thanksgiving with as many friends and family as I can gather, but over the last few years my day of gratitude has crept into Black Friday. I worked many years as a retail sales clerk both for small family owned businesses, and a big box retailer. The 3 years I spent working at that big box store were the most miserable of my working life and every Black Friday was a day of dread. Leaving that job to get a BFA at Oregon College of Art and Craft was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the encouragement of my loved ones.

Now, 4 years after receiving that BFA, I’m grateful to be making my way as a full-time professional artist. Creating art does not occur in a void. I have had the support of a loving family who encouraged my imagination to grow. I have an amazing husband whose own imagination often acts as a springboard for mine. I have mentors and friends who have advised me and critiqued my work. I have a wonderful publisher, Three Hands Press, with whom I enjoy working and who has pushed me to a level of work I’d not thought possible. I have hard-working galleries and event organizers working with me and giving me space to get my art out and in front of viewers.

I’m the one sketching, carving, and printing, but the work is never complete until it reaches beyond me, and that wouldn’t be possible without all of you. Thank you for taking the time to look. Thank you for sharing your feelings about what you see. Thank you for taking the time to stop and talk at events. Thank you for suggesting opportunities. Thank you for suggesting authors, artists, movies, archaeological finds, traditions, people, and places I might enjoy. Thank you for sharing my art with others whether via word of mouth, online, passing along promo materials, by displaying it in your homes or offices, and giving it as gifts. Thank you for your support in all these ways and many more. Thank you for allowing me to not be a sales clerk working in a giant impersonal store under soulless management on Black Friday.

On that note, I’d like to offer you another little thank you in the form of free shipping on all purchases (domestic and international) from my Etsy storefront through December 1st. Simply enter the word THANKS in the promo code box at checkout. (I’ll also be including some extras with every purchase ranging from postcards, bookmarks, to small prints depending on order size.)

In the Portland, Oregon area and want to shop in person? I have 3 events scheduled before the end of the year:

November 23-25th
OCAC Student/Alumni Holiday Sale
This annual event features a wide range of art and crafts from OCAC students and Alumni. I’ve included over 50 prints in the show and will be volunteering there on Saturday from 12-3pm. Follow the link above for further show details.

November 30 3-9pm and December 1st noon-9pm
Splendorcraft at Splendorporium
I’m bringing out as much as I can — standard editions, unique artist proofs, big prints, old prints, new prints, preview images from the Arcanum Bestiarum…come and see.

December 7th 6-9pm
First Friday opening at Bite Studio
2000 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

I’ll be showing a selection of works alongside MaryAnn Puls and Catherine Rondthaler.