BRING A SPACE TO LIFE…
ART UPLIFTS AND INSPIRES, MOTIVATES, HELPS HEAL.
MURAL FOR The Council For rELATIONSHIPS
I love working on a concept that is designed uniquely to fit a space. This recent project involved a commission for a 5' x 9' mural for the Council of Relationships, a therapy center in the University City area of Philadelphia. The image is of a female therapist guiding her patient down a wide river, through rocky rapids into calm waters, symbolizing the struggle and healing process in therapy. The soothing colors of greens and the cheerful yellows were important elements to brighten up the space. I used textures to add depth and character.
The image was created digitally and printed onto a 5 x 9 foot canvas, then stretched onto a wooden frame, and mounted flush onto the wall. There’s the shock of vivid colors walking into the room, yet the art offers a tranquil scene that entices the eye to wander through it's many intricate parts, offering a calming effect. Staff therapist Michele Southworth and Marketing Coordinator Tessa Peoples served as consultants for the project.
YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL PROJECT
I had the opportunity to collaborate with art consultant, Nancy Samotis, on a large project creating art for the new musculoskeletal wing of the Yale New Haven hospital in Connecticut. We wanted to offer something colorful and inspiring for the patients, visitors and healthcare providers who will be working at this facility.
The Grand entance - a duratran diptych
We needed an impressive entrance to the wing. The goal was to come up with a look that is contemporary, while conveying motion and technology. I created two long horizontal images for the nurse's station that are very colorful and vibrantly backlit, digitally printed and mounted in 64” wide duratrans light boxes. The opening pieces were inspired by da Vinci's "The Vitruvian Man".
FRAMED CIGLEE PRINTS FOR THE Hallways
Walking down the hallways, you can see a different image at the end of every corridor and on the walls between patients’ rooms. I created large giclee prints for this purpose, 40 inches wide x 30 inches high.
It was important to convey the idea of strength and healing. One image is of a man in a wheelchair, with his hand raised in victory. Another shows an older woman working with a physical therapist to get better. We wanted to keep it very positive.
ART AND ILLUSTRATION
As a professional illustrator, I have over 23 years of experience working closely with art directors and editors, who like my particular way of capturing an idea, or telling a visual story. I have completed over 3,000 commissioned projects for major publications, including award winning articles and book covers. Communication with the creative team is a fundamental part of my creative process. I take great pleasure in capturing an idea that brings excitement to the people who I work with.
ART and Healing: Pediatric center project for Yale New Haven Hospital
I was commissioned to create a triptych of three colorful, fantasy images for the Pediatric Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, with the theme of travel and imagination. The pieces are 28" high x 40" wide, printed on Hahnemühle 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks. They are signed, matted and framed.
My idea was to symbolize hope and healing for children who are battling cancer, while offering art that stimulates the imagination. In this image, the little plane is bandaged together. It has been through a lot, but now it is flying high above the world, happy and strong. It can do anything.
The plane flies over magical landscapes, with many colors, animals, people, bugs and boats. Children love details….
The horse in”The Horseback Rider” is made of puzzle pieces. The rider is strong and confident. Together they can travel anywhere they need to go. To me, it symbolizes how our minds can help us overcome the obstacles we may face.
new Art for the McGivney Surgical Center
These latest, mural-sized fine art prints are a sort of triptych created for the halls of the new McGivney surgical center in Connecticut. The project called for three related images, symbolizing a patient’s progress from the healing stage to normal activity. We were going for something colorful and uplifting, full of life and motion, and suggesting the idea of family, outdoors, and joie de vivre.
Landscapes for future spaces
I created a series of ambient landscapes while working on my latest commissioned project for The McGivney Center. These images will be a wonderful addition to a future space.