Tuesday, November 10, 2015

a christmas carol: color and pattern

a christmas carol: color and pattern a christmas carol: color and pattern
i'm so excited to see inky blue being combined with wines and plums this fall, especially in check and windowpane patterns; it's one of my favorite color combinations and the scheme i chose for a christmas carol. my patterns were inspired by victorian plaids and stripes and it's a beautiful thing to see new iterations of these classics appearing in 2015.

(clockwise from top left: ann taylor / ann taylor / zara / madewell / madewell)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

the firebird: khorovod

a khorovod is a slavic circle dance and chorus. this is another piece from my upcoming show the firebird. i chose to paint the background of each piece black to mimic the look of palekh, the russian folk handicraft of painting miniature scenes from folk tales and literature on lacquer papier-mâché boxes. my artist talk next week will touch on this and other folk traditions, as well as my love for ivan bilibin and the revived interest in slavic motifs in late 19th and early 20th century russian graphic arts.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the firebird: folk tales

vasilisa in the woods
the frog princess
two pieces from my upcoming exhibition the firebird at KSU stark:
above: vasilisa comes upon the house of baba yaga
below: tsarevich ivan meets his bride for the first time

the firebird

the firebird
i have a small solo exhibition coming up next month at kent state university stark campus in north canton, ohio. the show is in conjunction with a russian art history course taught by my former MICA professor dr. marie gasper-hulvat. it's entitled the firebird and features miniature paintings of scenes from my favorite russian folk tales and russian 19th century country life. the show opens on thursday november 5th with an artist talk at 2 pm and will be on view through december 4th, 2015.
"the firebird" framed
as usual my lovely frames were custom made for me by signed & numbered in salt lake city, utah.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

my new studio

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we moved to a new apartment, and for the first time in my life i have my own studio, which is a fabulous luxury. i've worked from a desk in my bedroom until now, and it makes such a difference to have a room designated specifically for work. not only that, but i was able to separate my painting area from my scanning, printing and computer area, which eliminates distraction and helps me separate tasks. all that daylight helps, too!new studio 3 new studio 4 new studio 6 new studio 5

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

a christmas carol

a christmas carol 4 my biggest project to date and one that i am very proud of was released today: a fully-illustrated edition of charles dickens' a christmas carol, published by chronicle books. i worked on it all through the heat of last summer but never lost steam or interest for this strange, wintery tale; what an honor to have the chance to contribute to its legacy! the thrill of seeing my name printed next to the beloved author's was well worth the effort.
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being a story lit only by fireplaces, candles and gaslight street lamps, the book was a technical challenge for me since my work is quite flat and relies little on dramatic lighting. i'm thankful to designer kristen hewitt for giving me freedom to choose this plummy blue color palette and to feel around outside of my comfort zone to find the right mood for the book.a christmas carol 1
out today from chronicle books! this book has gilt-edged pages, gold foil details on the cover and a satin bookmark inside, making it a great gift edition - if i do say so myself.
a christmas carol

Monday, August 31, 2015

enormous tiny art show no. 18

ETA 18 paintings six new paintings are up at the enormous tiny art show in portsmouth, new hampshire, which opens this friday, september 4th. all six are also available for sale on nahcotta gallery's website.

Friday, August 21, 2015

more nudity

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another painting for the upcoming enormous tiny art show in portsmouth, new hampshire.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

the nudes

nude final 1 nude sketch 1
nude final 2 nude sketch 2 i'm painting miniature nudes for the next enormous tiny art show, opening on friday, september 4th. here are the first two, with the original sketches. both paintings are 5 x 3.5 inches in size.

Monday, August 10, 2015

citizen vintage window

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papercut window display
here is the finished window display for citizen vintage, made from hand-cut paper and attached directly to the glass with strategically-placed double-stick tape. thank you so much to everyone who came to the vernissage last night, we had so much fun! the window and my paintings will be up all month long, and prints and cards will be available for sale at the shop. papercut window display papercut window display
boris and i spent all of last weekend in a little cabin on the shore of the saint-laurent river hand-cutting this thing from heavyweight drawing paper. looking at it finished and covering the shop's windows, we can't believe we did it all with two x-acto knives and a smallish cutting mat. it was an ambitious project and we're so happy to see it all done!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

uncovered classics: possession

uncovered classics is a project dedicated to promoting female authors of the 20th century by reading and reviewing their work and inviting illustrators and designers to give them new life through imagined book covers. i illustrated a cover for a.s. byatt's novel possession to go with kristen evans' review entitled "love is in the dust-filled air." check back every tuesday for new reviews (the other  covers are so beautiful!)

Monday, July 27, 2015

vernissage at citizen vintage

join us on august 6th for a show of original paintings and a new window display by yelena bryksenkova. prints and greeting cards will be available for sale during the month of august at citizen vintage /// joignez-nous le 6 août pour le vernissage de toiles originales et vitrine de l'artiste yelena bryksenkova. impressions et cartes seront en vente pour la durée du mois au citizen vintage.

if you live in or are just visiting quebec next week, i'd love to see you at this event. beer and music will be provided! i designed a special window display for the shop and some of my original paintings will be displayed alongside the unique clothes and accessories at citizen vintage, 5330 boul. st-laurent, montreal, QC (RSVP)

live performance by radiant baby
sponsored by kronenbourg 1664

Friday, July 10, 2015

roller disco

roller disco
in each quarterly issue, toronto-based architecture and design magazine BLOCK asks an illustrator: "what would you do with your very own urban infill?" unrestricted by the realities of urban design, i chose to fill the space between two buildings with one groovy roller disco. you can read the summer 2015 edition of the magazine here.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


montréal nookwe moved my workspace to montréal for the summer, so i'll be working from this little nook until late august. all orders from my etsy shop will ship via canada post until then. i'll also have a small show coming up next month - more info on that soon!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

red cap cards gold foil collection

gold foil collection
i created five new designs for red cap cards' newly launched gold foil collection! each 4.25 x 5.5" illustrated greeting card is printed with soy inks on 60% tree free recycled paper and stamped with gold foil. now available in my shop!

italy + croatia

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i've just returned from paradise! after a too-brief visit to rome and florence, we spent the last two weeks traveling around croatia - including split, dubrovnik and plitvička jezera national park. what a perfect way to start summer! the smell of cyprus trees and the salty, impossibly blue water of the adriatic sea still linger on my senses, but i'm happy to be home and settling back into my work.

Friday, June 26, 2015

finding solace

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finding solace
i illustrated an article on turning to nature, literature and other comforting things for solace during difficult times for the dutch edition of flow magazine, no. 4/2015.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

greetings & salutations

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now through may 17th at gallery nucleus in alhambra, CA: "greetings & salutations," an exhibition in collaboration with red cap cards. seven of my original paintings are on display and available for purchase, including three new pieces for red cap's soon-to-launch gold foil collection! i'm proud to be exhibiting alongside anna emilia laitinen, chris sasaki, christian robinson, jon klassen and my BFF becca stadtlander.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

flow magazine

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i have been working quite a bit with flow magazine lately: my illustration appears on the cover of a recent special issue (dutch edition only), and if my friends in the netherlands have been collecting issues 12-20 of flow weekly, you should have all nine parts needed to put together a mini poster!

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