Art + Design

Projects like the ones shown here have been opportunities to try new techniques, gain skills, and make the world a little happier place. When I play, good things happen! I started painting pictures of chickens for fun, these birds opened a lot of doors for me.

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San Marcos Storm Drain Covers

Storm Drain Covers

The Project (Art Contest)

The main goal of the contest was get contestants to create artwork to help San Marcos residents and Texas State students understand that anything going into storm drains can find its way into the San Marcos River.

The Process

I investigated the natural habitat, only to discover the seldom mentioned San Marcos Salamander (The Texas Blind Salamander tends to steal the spotlight). I followed my hunch that this very local resident could be an excellent representative for river-related education.

The Result

Of more than 60 designs, my artwork was selected for the storm drain covers for the City of San Marcos. Another contestant, Mabel Lopez had created a decorative border of river inspired motifs for her design, the judges requested that we add her border around my design.

The final cover design was cast in steel for use around San Marcos. Texas State University reviewed entries and also selected the design for the campus. These covers will be part of San Marcos for the next 40 or 50 years.

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Babe's Chicken Dinner House

Babe's Chicken Dinner House

The Project

To create a catering van wrap for a Dallas area restaurant, using one of my chicken paintings.

The Process

Working with the vendor I created examples for the client to view how the van might look wrapped in a giant rendition of my watercolor chicken painting.

The Result

A colorful catering van that catches eyes in the Dallas area. Other projects followed this one, also using my chicken paintings.

See more catering vans and billboard

 


Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour

Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour

The Project

To create an iconic image to promote an Austin event, inviting attendees to visit backyard chicken coops as well as an information packed tour headquarters with vendors and experts.

The Process

Having a thing for drawing chickens was a good start. I experimented with various mediums and designs to develop the character of the tour’s top bird.

The Result

A combination of feathers painted with ink and digitized and feathers created in Adobe Illustrator came together to create a graphical event mascot to crow about!

See sketches and event poster


Pickin' Chicken App

Pickin' Chicken

The Project

To develop an iOS app offering an engaging and informative chicken breed reference.

The Process

I teamed up with a chicken expert Michelle Hernandez to learn about her vision for the app. My love of painting and drawing chickens and working in usability made us a great team. We put our heads together to iterate ideas and organize content. We were lucky to have her iOS developer husband make our ideas a reality.

The Result

A one of a kind illustrated chicken breed reference app.

See the iPhone App


Bucolics Anonymous Album

Bucolics Anonymous

The Project

To design artwork for a new Bucolics Anonymous album, Water spins into a Million Bubbles Filled with Light.

The Process

For this project, I began with listening to the album several times. Hearing spoken poetry and music, I drew what I saw in my mind as I listened. Afterwards, I met with the composer and producer, Darrel Mayers, asking him his vision for the album and artwork. Our thinking was nicely aligned, so I proceeded with several miniature paintings to progress concepts.

The Result

I created a painting using gouache, conveying the atmospheric world of the album, with a healthy sprinkling of light bubbles and birds for good measure. I also did typographic designs for the front and back covers. CDs were placed in round tins, so large stickers with the designs were adhered to the front and back covers. CDs were printed with the design.

View front and back covers

Check out the album