Portrait of Harriet Tubman by Matt Hood, Graphics Without Borders

Women’s History A to Z

Award winner Among thousands of entrants from around the globe, this illustration was awarded an Honorable Mention in the THREE x THREE INTERNATIONAL ILLUSTRATION AWARDS 2023 (No. 20) Graphics Without Borders is celebrating Women’s History Month with a new portrait almost every day in March. Women’s historic and contemporary contributions to society are elemental –

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SSG Michael H. Ollis Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry Poster

In 2013, Army Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis tackled a suicide bomber who was part of an insurgent raid on a Forward Operating Base in Ghazni, Afghanistan. In doing so, Ollis saved the lives of several other soldiers. In 2021, a new state-of-the-art commuter ferry named in his honor was dedicated at the St. George terminal in Staten Island. The new 100-million-dollar ship will connect Ollis’ hometown of Staten Island with Lower Manhattan, daily passing the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline that was forever altered on September 11, 2001.

I was honored to work with the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation to create this travel-poster-style illustration to commemorate the ferry’s dedication and help spread the story of this hero’s selfless sacrifice.

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Wiesbaden Homes

Wiesbaden, Germany, is full of beautiful, historic architecture. Many of its fine buildings were constructed around the turn of the last century. And many of these are not only works of art to look at, they are the place a family calls home. Several families have commissioned me to illustrate their Wiesbaden homes, so they can carry a piece of Germany with them no matter where their future home may be.

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John Kimpel Obituary Art

John Kimpel’s Tribute

The world lost an amazing man on Oct. 8.
In nearly everything he did, John Kimpel put the ‘great’ in Greatest Generation. Where he was concerned, that label held no hyperbole.
He was always Uncle John to me, although we weren’t related. He was my next-door neighbor growing up, and for those 18 years in Overland Park, it was like having the best mix of all my grandparents right next door. I am who I am today in no small part because of his influence and his example. I loved him dearly.

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Snowy Hawk

I’m very proud that this snowy scene was selected as a winner in the 2018 KU Endowment Association Illustration Contest. It was used by the Association in print, online and throughout social media. My goal when starting the piece was to present a strong, monochromatic image, with the KU colors providing an eye-catching highlight. And that goal seemed to resonate with the judges.
During my days at KU, I drew the Jayhawk a lot of times for editorial cartoons in the “University Daily Kansan.” I’m excited that my artwork will again be shared with fellow KU-loving ‘Hawks. Rock Chalk!

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Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms

D.C. Cherry Blossoms

This addition to my travel poster series was completed just in time for the 2020 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, the festival was canceled and even access to the blossoming trees was restricted because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, I was very pleased with how this illustration turned out, and many customers who bought prints are able to enjoy the blossoms hanging on their walls year round.

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