Friday, July 22, 2016

etsy wholesale

etsy wholesale
i recently illustrated these four postcards for etsy, inc. for their new direct mail campaign, which intends to connect museum gift shop curators with independent designers through etsy wholesale. i've been selling on etsy for years and it's so cool to have gotten the opportunity to collaborate with the company directly!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

night walk, and an update

night walk
it's been almost four years since my absolutely random move to new haven, connecticut. uncertain about my decision at the time, i now thank my lucky stars for giving me the courage to say yes to the unknown. i found real magic in the much-scorned little town, and a really unexpected circle of friends, consisting entirely of graduate students from the yale school of architecture. even more unexpectedly, i found the kind of love that only comes along once in a lifetime, if ever. and together we are moving on to yet another secondary city (i have a real soft spot for them now): buffalo, new york. i'm still setting up my studio and getting adjusted to our new life, but i'm determined to find all of the magic i just know it has to offer.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

unsichtbare freunde

imaginary friends imaginary friends
these two illustrations are for the august 2016 issue of schweizer familie ("swiss family") magazine, for an article about childrens' imaginary friends. since the article is in german, the art director just briefed me with image descriptions: the first one is pretty straightforward, but the one with the little mice is a mysterious peek into someone's very intricate imaginary world!

R&J in the guardian

romeo & juliet
"classics unfolded: romeo and juliet" has been included in the guardian best new books guide 2016!

Friday, April 29, 2016

the simple things

simple things cover 2
simple things cover 1
i illustrated the april 2016 cover of the UK magazine the simple things, as well as a yoga feature for their recurring "know a thing or two..." series:
yoga 1
yoga 2

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

spring cleaning my studio

my desk
"wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom from things" (leonard koren, wabi-sabi for artists, designers, poets & philosophers)

i love to cull unnecessary things and eliminate clutter, and i get better with every round. but i also love pretty things. i'm spring cleaning my studio and the rest of my home, convinced that happiness lies in the sweet spot right between marie kondo and emily henderson. someday i will find it.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

what goes around...

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i painted this for nahcotta gallery's newest exhibition, what goes around..., which opens next friday, april 1st (reception 5-8 pm). all participating artists were provided with a 12" round wooden panel to decorate as they please. all pieces will be available for sale online as well as in person at the gallery, 110 congress street, portsmouth, NH 03801.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

little red chairs

little red chairs new illustration in the current issue of O, the oprah magazine for a review of edna o'brien's latest novel, little red chairs

Friday, February 26, 2016

ETA 19: the squatch

the squatch the next enormous tiny art show opens on friday, march 4th at nahcotta gallery in portsmouth, NH. i've gone really tiny this time with 4 x 5 inch pieces, available at the gallery as well as online for $80 each. i won't be able to make it to the opening this time, but i'll be there for another special show they're having later this spring!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ski mountain

ski mountain

Wednesday, February 3, 2016



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

for kenzo


Monday, January 18, 2016

little thing 2015

little thing 1 - daily outfits i've been featured in china's little thing magazine before, but this time they put together a whole feature on my daily life, work and favorite things. i even had to stage a little photoshoot of my daily outfits, which was definitely a new experience for me, usually being the one behind the camera.
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tiny menagerie: animal planter by keep company ceramics; elephant by masuko jo; tiger by jen collins. the others are all finds from antique markets and shops.
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bathroom shelf: a tiny glass bottle from a shop in portland, maine; my jo malone fragrance in peony & suede blush; head planter by kaye blegvad; cat ring dish and crossed fingers by jen collins; a very round stone i found in israel; two spiderweb jaspers from the yale peabody museum of natural history, which i love because they look like japanese ink drawings.
little thing - daily outfits little thing 4
a corner of my studio with edward gorey books, plants and a painting by becca stadtlander.
below: at my computer desk and a palmistry hand that holds my favorite jewelry.
little thing 2 little thing magazine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

happy new year + shop updates

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happy 2016! i've re-opened my shop with new prints and new product photos, and am in the process of adding more. i've also removed quite a few images that i just don't like anymore, but they will still be available upon request.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

libelle magazine

libelle magazine 1 a two-page spread to accompany a christmas story in libelle magazine from the netherlands. i haven't seen the issue yet, there should be some spot illustrations peppering the text as well.

libelle magazine 2 libelle magazine 3
i wrapped up all of my work for the year, cleaned my studio and am off to montreal early tomorrow morning to enjoy christmas in the great white north. a warm and happy holiday to you all!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

russian costume

russian costume
tsarevna and tsarevich. pen and acryla gouache on paper.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


last month when i was in ohio, i stopped by dinara mirtalipova's adorable new shop mirdinara home + gifts for a small creative gathering, where the six of us sat around chatting and drawing mythical creatures.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

happy hanukkah!

hanukkah still life
here's a gift idea! the little book of jewish celebrations by ronald tauber for chronicle books, gold foil card by red cap cards, cookie by fancypants baking co.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

folded house

folded house - interior 3
the new FLOW book for paper lovers is such a treat filled with decorative papers, stickers, artwork from amazing illustrators and so much more. inside you can find a pullout of a folded paper house that i illustrated specially for this edition. it even comes with little extras that you can cut out and play with!
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venetian patterns

venetian patterns
venetian patterns, acryla gouache on paper.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

a christmas carol: color and pattern

a christmas carol: color and pattern a christmas carol: color and pattern
i'm so excited to see inky blue being combined with wines and plums this fall, especially in check and windowpane patterns; it's one of my favorite color combinations and the scheme i chose for a christmas carol. my patterns were inspired by victorian plaids and stripes and it's a beautiful thing to see new iterations of these classics appearing in 2015.

(clockwise from top left: ann taylor / ann taylor / zara / madewell / madewell)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

the firebird: khorovod

khorovod a khorovod is a slavic circle dance and chorus. this is another piece from my upcoming show the firebird. i chose to paint the background of each piece black to mimic the look of palekh, the russian folk handicraft of painting miniature scenes from folk tales and literature on lacquer papier-mâché boxes. my artist talk next week will touch on this and other folk traditions, as well as my love for ivan bilibin and the revived interest in slavic motifs in late 19th and early 20th century russian graphic arts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the firebird: folk tales

vasilisa in the woods the frog princess two pieces from my upcoming exhibition the firebird at KSU stark:
above: vasilisa comes upon the house of baba yaga
below: tsarevich ivan meets his bride for the first time

the firebird

the firebird
i have a small solo exhibition coming up next month at kent state university stark campus in north canton, ohio. the show is in conjunction with a russian art history course taught by my former MICA professor dr. marie gasper-hulvat. it's entitled the firebird and features miniature paintings of scenes from my favorite russian folk tales and russian 19th century country life. the show opens on thursday november 5th with an artist talk at 2 pm and will be on view through december 4th, 2015.
"the firebird" framed
as usual my lovely frames were custom made for me by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.