Common Calligraphy Issues

Here are a few points those new to calligraphy seem to struggle with. I know that learning calligraphy is a slow and intensive process.

Keepsake Bridal Calligraphy

"Fields" in calligraphy

Check out the ups and downs of how I created this piece for Jase and Brittany's bridal table!

Death is Nothing at All

Fresh flowers resting on handlettered calligraphy

The poem is from the perspective of the deceased, a comforting reminder of all the ways they never truly leave us. I love gift commissions -- I enjoy ferrying love and thoughtfulness from one person to another.

“Have I Told You Lately” Wall Hanging

I really couldn't help thinking, as I sat down before the blank canvas, "Well I may have to start over, but I'll try it anyway." I mean, I've been making art for about 20 years. And I tell you, I thought, "I wonder if Van Gogh thought that about his work." If he had that … Continue reading “Have I Told You Lately” Wall Hanging

“Mountains” Wall Hanging For Nursery

When my client, Jennifer, came to me with the idea of this piece for her nephew's bedroom, I already had these letters floating around in my head. The alphabet is called Lombardic and lends itself to wonderful illustration and ornamentation. These letters are entirely drawn, line by line. Some letters are based on the shape … Continue reading “Mountains” Wall Hanging For Nursery

Medieval Themed Graduation Gift

Couple Brad and Ana came to me with dreams, a sweet sketch of an art piece, and an 8" x 10" picture frame for their son who is graduating with a Master's of Art in Administration from Grand Canyon University. They brought a photo of him to me with the inspiration for this project: a suit of … Continue reading Medieval Themed Graduation Gift

Photo Shoot “On Being Human”

After emailing back and forth a bit, photographer Cyril Davis of Infinity Machine and I ironed out a few details of this shoot. The model was Jaime LeAnn Edwards, a fashion designer from Tucson. Cyril chose the poem titled, "On Being Human" by C.S. Lewis. Here's a link to the poem if you'd like to read it. … Continue reading Photo Shoot “On Being Human”

Santa Letters 2015

When I describe what a "Santa Letter" is to people -- a return letter from Santa to the beloved child or children in their lives -- the trickster inside me is scheming a way to surprise the children with facts Santa knows about them. I imagine the looks of surprise on their faces when they … Continue reading Santa Letters 2015