you have to start somewhere. when designing, i usually take an "idea" from my client, and give it my best first shot. then, with advice from them, i am able to steer the design, to make edits and various attempts at getting it just right. because a logo is something you want to love, live with, and look at again and again. sometimes it happens right away, i hit the nail on the head, and sometimes it's a lengthy process. but eventually, by hook or by crook, we will get to the finished product. here is a list of preliminary design ideas for a client that shows just how an idea can transform. none of these are the finished product.
this is a mobile i did about the passing of my mother. it came to me in a flurry just a couple months after she died. it represents the notion of a whirlwind rescue effort gone awry, the serenity and beauty of death, a swift escape into the afterlife, and the eternal child that exists within even amidst turmoil.
james' grandma mickie is an amzing painter and photographer. she and her husband gordon lived for a long time on the beaches of Tahuya, where all the families would gather. hoards of grandchildren could romp around wild in the sand and saltwater. mickie let me borrow her envelope of photos for a spell, knowing that i loved musing over children and their activities, and the beauty of the landscape, & knowing that we shared this source of inspiration for our work. it was a delight to see her sense of composition and beauty, and i knew that these weren't simply snapshots, they were pieces of art. these paintings were done a couple of years ago and given to the family as gifts.
i get a lot of requests for pet portraits. since every animal has a unique personality, they can often be challenging, especially if (as in this case) i've never met the pet. i always try to "capture the essence" of the energy i see, in photos or in person. it's not always perfect, and i've even missed the mark completely before and had to start from scratch! this one was painted in december for a christmas gift, and traveled all the way to california, to it's happy recipient.
to me, the seed represents optimism. this piece came together serendipitously: i was given a box of seed slides as a gift. i knew that i wanted to have them illuminated with light, but with each slide meticulously hand-labeled in its latin name and stamped with a date, the cardboard surrounding the image was nearly as alluring. i stumbled across a free x-ray box that needed some wiring help...hence this sculpture was born. i have been "quilting" photos together since art school, this was an obvious application for me-- stitching images to make a greater image. finished, the piece references my experience with my mother; through the process of her illness and all of the hospital procedures--scans, x-rays, exams, poking, prodding--there was the eternal element of hope, of optimism. she always considered me her prodigal "seed", a way for her to work way beyond her mortal means.