Those of you who know my personal history, might remember that I came up in the fine art/gallery world with a dash of graphic design. In the year 2000 (or so) I turned my back on all of that and decided to give children's books a go. I got my foot in the door, loved it so much then and now, and it's been no looking back.
A couple of months ago, I got an email from a gallery in the Los Angeles area, inviting me to contribute some work to a group illustration show. It's been the first time I've corresponded with any gallery in about 10+ years. Turns out fellow illustrator, Dan Santat, was celebrating his new and cool picture book, The Adventures of Beekle, by headlining an illustration show at Gallery Nucleus, with the theme of Imaginary Friends. I met Dan a couple of summers ago at ALA in Anaheim and he's a super nice, super funny guy. And of course, very prolific and talented too. So I was flattered to be invited in on this.
So with the theme of "Imaginary Friends" in mind, I came up with these two pieces to be included in the show. I guess it's a gorilla or a sasquatch or both or neither. At any rate, it's fun to be involved with a gallery again. Especially one that specializes in quality illustration and illustrators. Super, super cool, really.
The opening reception was Saturday April 19. All pieces from the show are viewable online now and available for purchase through the gallery's website. Check it out here, some impressive pieces in this show!