Treasure Chest

I recently had the honor to work with Light Grey Art Lab again and create a collection of jewelry for their current show, The Omnibus Treasury. I’ve worked with them three times before, and they consistently come up with the coolest ideas for shows (my posts about the last three shows I participated in are here, here, and here).

Here’s the artwork I did, inspired by melanistic jaguars and protea flowers:


And here’s the beautiful jewelry collection, titled Jungle Lord, they made out of it!


Personality Shift

I’m a bit late with this update, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way sometimes.

Last year, I was invited to participate in Light Grey Art Lab’s Great Personality show. LGAL has quickly become one of my favorite galleries to produce work for; they always have incredibly creative ideas that I would be surprised to see elsewhere. This is the third show of theirs I’ve had the honor of participating in (the first two being the Macro & Micro and GIRLS: Fact + Fiction shows), and this one was a doozy! The artwork for the show was all done with one goal in mind- to be used later in a series of four interactive dating games inspired by the Meyers-Briggs personality types.

For the games, I had the chance to provide two background locations; a classroom, and a theatre prop room.



In order to save myself from some massive headaches later, I did both scenes in black ink to make a greyscale image first, then scanned them and added color later on Photoshop. I think working like that made it easier for me to find cohesive color palettes for images with so many little bits and pieces and stuff going on.

I was a bit worried about how the backgrounds would gel with the characters painted by other artists, but the team at LGAL did a wonderful job both with the plotting of the story and with matching characters to scenery.

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All in all, it was a great experience to work on such a cool project. Here’s a link to the first of the four games put out; I highly recommend you take a look and play it for a while, it’s a very engrossing choose your own adventure style game! Just remember to save every once in a while so you can go back and explore other endings.

Fertile Ground

It’s been over a month, hasn’t it? Geez.

Anyway, I can finally share the paintings I finished a little while back! The first is this guy:

Clarkson_FertileGroundsmallFertile Ground, in acrylic ink and gouache, for Light Grey Art Lab’s Macro & Micro show, where all the work fits into a category; animal, vegetable, mineral, or other. The show opens tomorrow night in Minneapolis, and if you can make it, I’m jealous! I remember visiting the MCAD campus as a teenager, and if I knew such a cool gallery would be right across the street from campus, I maybe would have given it more consideration! C’est la vie.

The second, I’ve already shared.

IMG_0767This little guy (a mere 6×6″!) will be for sale at the Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery in Lauderhill, Florida at their starter art show. Personally, I love starter art shows; who doesn’t like scooping up cute little affordable pieces of art?


Anyway, I regret not having a more substantial update, but over the next couple of days I hope to have more to share!


Ozma and Jane

The time has come- I can finally show you guys the piece I did for Light Grey Art Lab’s GIRLS: Fact + Fiction show! I present to you, Princess Ozma of Oz.


Here’s a close-up:


The other work in the show is amazing, such as Julia Brion’s Josephine Baker and Mildred Louis’ Marie Curie. You can see all 106 paintings here. The show goes up next Friday in Minneapolis, So if you live in the area, I urge you to check it out and say hello! I should also mention that Art Lab is running a promotion until the 7th- any orders of $100 or more on anything from their shop will have a free copy of the GIRLS show book thrown in. Because they’re cool like that.

I also have a (somewhat blurry) look at my next project; a small series of paintings based on Jane Eyre, but with a bit of a supernatural twist…


Keep an eye out, as I’ll be posting more updates up until the grand unveiling in January!

Happy Birthday To Me

I just pre-ordered myself a birthday/Christmas gift:

The reason I’m telling you all I’m buying this book is, well, I’m in it!

And yes, I did a portrait of Princess Ozma of Oz. I wish I could share it with you, but I think it’s best to maybe build some suspense for the coordinating gallery show in December. But check out Light Grey Art Lab’s post, they’ve included a few glimpses of various pieces from the book/show, and I have to say, I’m super excited to see the rest. And I’m humbled by the thought of my work inhabiting the same book as Sophia Blackhall-Cain, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Kali Ciesemier, Taryn Gee, and many others. Dec. 7th can’t come soon enough!

Oh, what the heck. Here’s a very small teaser: my cat advising me on how to draw the Cowardly Lion.

“More hair. Like Fabio.”