Nemacolin Woodlands Resort commissioned a picture book with only two requests: incorporate their bird logo and their new puppy! The resort houses many artworks by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The Fat Bird is a featured sculpture that sits in the fountain of the Chateau at Nemacolin Resort. The Resort later asked artist Barney Boller to create a likeness of the bird to use as their logo. Once I received my commission, I created a Bo, the Round Little Bird named after Botero! I was shown a picture of the new Nemacolin puppy is a French Bulldog with black spots. I created Markee, the Busy French Bulldog who works in the resort.
The resulting picture books are loosely inspired by Nemacolin Resort and may debut this summer.
Last year I recorded an audio book for Adventures in Tea Time: Introducing Patti and Kitta. This year, I am making the link known to schools for the blind in as many areas as I can! My mother has macular degeneration in her left eye and my father recently had a retinal tear. I require prescription glasses and I am nearly legally blind in my left eye (many people are!). This has taught me an immense amount of empathy for the blind. My book might bring joy to someone and that is a beautiful thing!
My artistic career started in the library. I have held residencies in research libraries and worked in fine arts libraries. As an artist-in-residence in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, I wanted to visit the local library and see the town’s history. I also wanted to donate an original illustration to the library to create a lasting relationship with the area. Of course, the library was bustling with visitors and children during my visit! I met the wonderful librarians and was given a grand tour by the library’s manager. Their art collection is stunning and full of local history along with internationally known artists. The library manager also took me to the headquarters of the Uniontown Art Club and I saw their newest display of art and craft.
I even bought a hand-thrown ceramic cup for my mother made by the Club’s president!