Sunday, September 07, 2008

Featured on AuctionBytes! Portrait of a Hippo

Portrait of a Hippo, giclee on paper, 8.5" x 11"
Open edition benefitting the World Wildlife Fund


AuctionBytes, "The Independent Trade Publication for Online Merchants," is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it for news and ideas. Recently, I found out they featured my story in their section, First Item Sold Online!

My first item is a long-time favorite, Portrait of a Hippo. I created it years ago when I was considering a career in science illustration, and it was the first time I had ever used scratchboard.

It's a medium I truly love, but due to studio limitations and health concerns (scratching into the fine clay of scratchboard creates a lot of clay dust--bad to breathe in), I decided not to pursue this medium until I had a better set up.

Regardless, it's used in illustration because it creates images that hold up well for reproduction. I've created an open edition print of Portrait of a Hippo (which also benefits the World Wildlife Fund) and a larger, limited edition print of it, too, not to mention a Little Beauties Art Card and variety of merchandise in my gift shop, Everyday Beauty. It's inspired interpretations that became my Hippo Series.

Portrait of a Hippo is a classic, and it being my first sale online, and created during a time when I first considered being an artist, holds a special place in my heart.

Many thanks to my first collector!

Invite Beauty,

I.


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