Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Blue-Bicycle Fantasies"

     This is my submission, titled "Blue-Bicycle Fantasies", for the 2009 Competition & Exhibition by the Minnesota Society of Children's Book and Illustrators (MNSCBWI) and the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts (MCBA), Participating artists and illustrators had five poems to choose from, these poems were the winners of a May 2008 Children's Poetry Contest.
     I chose to illustrate the poem "Two-Wheeler" by Jane Thomas Noland,  because riding my bike was one of my favorite things to do when I was little. I have the battle-scars on my knees from learning how ride my bike on our gravel driveway.
     Our quiet neighborhood provided my friends and I many happy hours of leisurely coasting through the one street and half-a-dozen cul-de-sacs. The return trip back to my house required going down a steep hill. This provided me many exhilerating opportunitues to test my abilities and skills at speed without breaking my neck in the process.
     I am honored that my entry was chosen from over 50 entries for this juried show, "Reflections". There are many excellent submissions. Show dates: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN; March 20 - May 2, 2009. 

In the news...




     This is a banner that I created for the City of Plymouth in 2007 which was featured this month in the newspaper"Plymouth News", of January/February of 2009. This banner was the 2nd place winner in their 1st annual "Plymouth Art Banner Contest". The banners are hung each year in the fall along Plymouth Blvd. in the City Center area of town.
     The piece titled, the"Yellow Sapling" represents the new trees the city has planted in the last years in the area to help preserve the beauty of our town. My intent for this piece of art was to show the serenity of nature. Plymouth has a lot of beautiful parks, gardens and nature areas throughout town for the public to enjoy.