Sometimes I imagine tiny worlds hidden in the cracks and crevices of the world; tiny worlds that we fail to see. Curious Things aims to create a sense of wonder and mystery by placing a little world within a hollowed, dead piece of wood that nature had thrown aside. Lonely, until you take a closer look.
The first piece is done with a single graphite 4B pencil. 18"x24".
The second piece is a photograph of a 3D scrap of wood I found in my back yard. I created little buildings out of clay and placed them in the middle. Approx. 12"x6".
The last four pieces are charcoal and graphite pencil drawings on stretched canvas. 10"x10".
Ari & The Lion Suit
Ari & The Lion Suit was my first attempt at writing and illustrating my own children's book. It is a story about overcoming your fear - putting on your lion suit of courage so to speak. The fuel behind creating this story came after searching for books to offer some sort of comfort to children battling cancer. As I searched through the limited amount of children's books specifically written for kids with cancer, I noticed that the books were not at all subtle and most of them were set in sterile hospital rooms. I wanted to created a book that served as a magical world kids could escape into, while also being encouraged to be brave. Ari & The Lion Suit is a story about a little boy who is afraid of darkness, until he puts on his lion suit and ventures out into a magical world of fireflies, little friends, and tall trees. To go along with the book, I also crocheted a plush Ari doll, complete with a lion suit and a scarf.
Recalibrate was a piece included in a 2014 summer collection of art called "We're Making It" curated online. You can view my piece and many other works by artists at
The Union University Arboretum is an exciting new development on Union’s campus. There are three primary goals for which this project is being undertaken.
First, it is our hope that the Union University community will come to a deeper appreciation of the handiwork of our Creator God as they encounter these trees on campus.
Second, we envision an Arboretum that will be a vital curricular component to those studying the sciences, and those engaged in the sciences as part of their liberal arts education.
Third, we anticipate that the Arboretum will be a way for alumni and friends of Union to participate in the life of the University in a sustainable way, and to increase the enjoyment of the campus by all who visit.
The Arboretum will consist of trees that pre-date Union’s move to this area, trees that have special significance to the University, trees that have been added since the advent of the University, and trees that will be strategically added in the future.
Brand and Products for Union University's Office of Environmental Stewardship and Students for Sustainability.
UU Film Fest
Sound On Film
Client: Ben Wright
In collaboration with Barefoot's Joe and Ben Wright, a team of designers and I worked together to create a logo and opening animation for Sound On Film, a live, one-take music video performance series based in Jackson, TN.
For RIFA's 2013 Food Drive Campaign, I collaborated with a small team of designers to create an overall brand and to also provide create ways for RIFA to raise awareness. We wanted to create a tagline that builds a sense of strong community and teamwork: "Let's do this together." We hand-cut most of the print collateral and even silk-screen-printed tshirts with the tagline on it.
The RIFA Food Bank is a central food distribution center for other nonprofits in the Jackson-Madison County area that serve individuals through their programs, shelters, food pantries, etc. Through food industry donations and community food drives, food contributions come to RIFA to help meet area needs. The Food Bank warehouses the food - and with the help of volunteers - sorts, packs and re-distributes it to partnering agencies.
Each year, RIFA assists 37 nonprofits, distributing more than 170,000 pounds of food.
Book cover illustration and layout for a teen novel titled "Girl in the Middle" by Christine Bailey, as well as digital website design.
The Journal of the Union Faculty Forum (JUFF) has an incredible range of material from varied disciplines such as art, English, history, mathematics, and nursing. JUFF is important because it allows the different departments and disciplines to come together and showcase their talents, creating unity. This design reflects that idea of unity through the puzzle motif in the shape of a journal. For this project I glued, cut, and painted a puzzle and pinned it, along with the other corresponding elements, within an actual shadow box. I photographed the shadow box and created the cover, so that the cover ultimately looks 3D. The idea was inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's book covers designed by a team under the direction of John Gall, graphic designer and book cover illustrator.