I had the pleasure of speaking at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in late February. I am watching the snowbanks melt and dreaming of spring. Being in Boston after the record snowfall was an interesting experience. The locals were talking about breaking the all time record. A competitive attitude! I travelled with fellow illustrator and Sheridan instructor Julia Breckenreid. The trip was exhilarating and slightly exhausting (due to the 6 ft. high melting snowbanks). I truly enjoyed speaking to the students and doing a demonstration of collage techniques.
I was inspired by the surroundings to create this image, a snow-making machine:
Working in front of a group of students can be daunting. I don't normally reveal my working procedures and tricks of the trade. But I put it all out there. I'd love to have the chance to conduct a full workshop or do another speaking engagement along these lines.
Here's a few images from the trip. Thanks to Jim Burke for the opportunity! (Jim's the guy who commissioned the Spring Peeper image for the Frogfolio project).
top row: Julia demos in front of the students, the auditorium ceiling (a great venue for a presentation), skiing at Sunapee
bottom row: snow-filled sidestreets in Boston, the beautiful Museum of Fine Art in Boston, lunch with Rob Dunlavey, Polly Becker and Scott Bakal.
Working as an illustrator has its rewards. I have moved towards teaching and am now in my second year at Sheridan. Amazing and positive environment, with an incredibly talent-rich faculty and dedicated illustration students. Right now I am busy with assignment work and wrapping up the school semester.
A couple of weeks ago, we brought live birds of prey into the classroom. Kathyrn Chorney, an endless source of energy and enthusiasm, put this event together with the Peregrine Foundation, who rescue and rehabilitate injured hawks, owls and falcons. We had the pleasure of meeting Oscar, a peregrine falcon, Highway, a red-tailed hawk, and Tiguaq, a snowy owl. Incredible.