Accessible folk art with a clear message.
A picture speaks a thousand words, and my folk art gets straight to the point. Whether a cartoon is about global ecology (Cartoons from the Anthropocene), psychology and relationships (Duppies & Uppies) or the funny shenanigans of our beloved cats and dogs (Portraits of Furry Friends), I get my message across instantly.
C’mon inside my colorful cartoon world and let me show you around.
Three galleries, three themes.
I’m a woman with a wide range of interests, and my cartoons reflect that breadth. Although I didn’t start my art adventure with specific themes in mind, my work naturally drifted into three distinct galleries over the years.
My audience, likewise, is broad. Some people gravitate to my work on climate change, while others prefer my light-hearted depictions of cats and dogs. Below are sample cartoons from each gallery, with a short description of each. For related cartoons in the full galleries, click on the link.
Gallery: Duppies & Uppies
We’ve all been there. Mired in resentment over bad treatment by somebody else. If left to fester, the feelings can drag on for years as we spin story after story of how we were wronged and how we might “get back” and even the scales.
The Righteous Resenter depicts this inner turmoil but also reminds us why we need to move on. While we’re stuck in an endless cycle of misery, the person who’s hurt us has likely forgotten all about it!
Gallery: Cartoons from the Anthropocene
Anthropocene. It’s a big word that packs a huge punch because it embraces more than just global warming and climate change, but the breadth of the ecological disaster that we’ve brought upon ourselves. Plastic pollution, overfishing, mass extinctions, emerging diseases, ocean acidification… the list goes on and on.
Oh Lord, Let Us Pray highlights the critical importance of educating kids about their dependency on the natural world. It’s hard to preserve something if you don’t know why it’s worth preserving.
Barack Obama got it right: We have very little time to spare.
Gallery: Portraits of Furry Friends
We like to think that we domesticated our pets, selectively breeding them to suit our needs. Once wild, untamed beasts, they now inhabit our homes, providing us entertainment and love.
But is that really the case?
Consider Bella Hill, who lies around on the couch all day, dreaming doggy dreams. Who feeds her and pays the bills for her cushy existence? Who flings the balls for her enjoyment and ferries her to the vet when she steps on a foxtail?
That’s right. It’s her “owner,” Jane Hill who does the heavy lifting. So who domesticated whom?
If you like my work…
please share it around. If you’re a science teacher, consider inviting me to your school to share my art and talk about the Anthropocene with your students. And finally, keep an eye out for my colorful wall calendars. They’re coming soon and will be available year-round, starting on whichever month suits best. They’re tailored to one of the three gallery themes and make one-of-a-kind birthday and Christmas gifts.