East of the Sun and West of the Moon

I am SO excited to announce my upcoming art show! The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 4-7.  You are all invited! I have worked very hard on this show for the past eight months.  I also have a book of the show complete with text which will be for sale online after the show.

“East of the Sun and West of the Moon” is a re-imagining of classic children’s stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, and more.  I have always loved children’s stories and have always wanted to illustrate them. Here is a quote which appears at the beginning of my book, and which was one inspiration for this project:

“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already…. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination.  What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”  – G.K. Chesterton, 1909

These images have taken much time and effort.  For each story I illustrated, twelve in all, I chose a specific scene or quote from the story to illustrate. I had an image in my mind’s eye for how I wanted it to look, and I was trying to capture on canvas what was in my head.  I spent anywhere from 20-40 hours per picture from the time I shot each picture to completion, depending on the complexity of the final image. Each image required a model, costuming, finding interesting locations, time shooting, time editing, and then time to “paint” the image.  Each image was a labor of love.

Jackson, TN art photography show

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