Say Hello! You can contact me by email at cicadaseason@gmail.com.


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I'm an illustrator and maker living in Chicago. I'm passionate about capturing quiet moments of deep magic.

My inspiration is drawn from my life and experiences in the small towns of northern Illinois.  I try to capture my memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields in mixed-media pieces and detailed graphite portraits. My personal work explores themes of mystery and folklore, from bright garden kitchen-witchery to dark creatures lurking in the deep. Through my drawings I tell small stories about living a fantastical life in the modern world.  

I also sculpt and design a fairytale world inhabited by creatures called Woolbeasts. These creatures are made from wool, wire, clay, paint and love. You can find them at www.woolbeast.com.

When I'm not drawing, painting, or sculpting, I can be found working on comic books, murals, and illustration projects. I collaborate with my partner, Max Bare, on all sorts of fun work here in Chicago. You can find our work at www.salsasharks.com.
My own comic work is an exploration of the Baba Yaga folklore. It's called Cicada Season and more information about it will be available early 2019. 

You can find and follow all of these projects on my social media pages, or by becoming a supporter at Patreon.

 

upcoming EXHIBITS + EVENTS:

The World of Frida: July 8, 2018 - Bedford Gallery -  Walnut Creek, CA
"Wings" Group Show: Strange Dreams Collective Show -  December 2018
C2E2 2019: Releasing Issue #4 of Galaxy Hero for Revolution Brewing!
Fantasy Art Workshop's Illustration Intensive: Studio Assistant - June 2019, Milwaukee, WI

 

PAST EXHIBITS + EVENTS:

Duo Exhibition, "We Have Fun": with Max Bare. March 25, 2018 - Rev Billy's, Chicago IL
C2E2 2018: Artist Alley, featuring new prints and the latest issue of Galaxy Hero for Revolution Brewing!
"Masks" Group Show: Strange Dreams Collective Show - May 2018 - Thumbprint Gallery, CA
Fantasy Art Workshop's Illustration Intensive: Studio Assistant - June 2018, Milwaukee, WI

Murals:  keystone corners @ Soho House - January–February 2017 - Soho House, Chicago IL.  Collaboration with Max Bare.
Voodoo Hoodoo - February 22, 2017 - Baderbräu Brewery - Chicago, IL.
DINK 2017- Denver Independent Comic Con - April 8- 9, 2017 - Denver, CO
C2E2 2017 - Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - April 21 - 23, 2017 - Chicago, IL.   
Stitched 2 - A soft sculpture show - Co-curated with Lana Crooks - May 13, 2017 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
Sweet N Low - June 22, 2017 - Bedford Gallery - Walnut Creek, CA
Beasts of the Unknown - September 30, 2017 - Flower Pepper Gallery - Pasadena, CA
Trading Card Art Show - Deceber 2, 2017 - Gristle Gallery - Brookly, NY
Gift Wrapped - December 9, 2017 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY

Unicorn Show - December 3, 2016 - Gristle Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Dandelion Wine - Solo in the Side Gallery - December 9, 2016 - Rotofugi, Chicago, IL
Dual Personalities - December 10, 2016 - Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, I
Andersonville Arts Weekend - Featured Artist - October 14, 2016 - Foursided - Chicago, IL
Star Trek Show - September 2, 2016 - Gristle Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY
Woot Berries- Limited-edition collaboration with Woot Bear.  Releases August 12, 2016 - Woot Bear - San Francisco, CA
Artist Residency: FMK5x5 - August 8 - 13, 2016 - Fulton Market Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Art Gives Me Hope - April 14, 2016 - Revolution Brewing Tap Room - Chicago, IL
C2E2 2016 - March 2016, Chicago, IL. Issue #1 of Galaxy Hero for Revolution Brewing

Patches & Stitches - July 3, 2015 - Light Grey Art Lab - Minneapolis, MN
The Nightmare in Wonderland Project, Part II - April 11, 2015 - Distinction Gallery - Escondido, CA
Sensual Chicago - Celebrating Chicago's Burlesque Performers - March 6, 2015 - Everleigh Social Club - Chicago, IL
The Bell Jar - March 12, 2015 - Ghost Gallery - Seattle, WA
Pancakes & Booze - February 9, 2015 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL

Gift Wrapped 2- December 13, 2014 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
BAN ART - 1-Year Anniversary Art Show - December 12, 2014 - 18th Street Brewery - Gary, IN
Common Threads  - November 14, 2014 - FOE Gallery - Northampton, MA
Pancakes & Booze  - July 19, 2014 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Portraits - March 7, 2014 - Studio 659 Gallery - Whiting, IN
9th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition - March 8, 2014 - Morpho Gallery - Chicago, IL
Curious Beasts - February 8, 2014 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY

Plush You 2013 - October 11, 2013 - Schmancy - Seattle, WA
Gift Wrapped - December 14, 2013 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
The Joke's On You- A Comedy Themed Group Show - August 9, 2013 - Starkweather Arts - Romeo, MI
Stitched - A Soft Sculpture Show - April 13, 2013 - Clutter Gallery - Beacon, NY
Saturday Morning Cartoons - April 6, 2013 - Comic Hero University - Fullerton, CA

The End is Near - December 15, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
I'll Be Right Back - A Horror Themed Show - October 27, 2012 - Tymeless Tattoo Gallery - Baldwinsville, NY
Adventure Time - A Tribute Show by OhNo!Doom - August 11, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
Septenary - A Selection of Seven Sculptors - July 7, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL
Super Button Mashers - A Gamer Tribute - February 11, 2012 - OhNo!Doom - Chicago, IL

Luv-able + Hug-able (+Wear-able!) - December 9, 2011 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY

Lost at Sea - May 6, 2010 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY
Luv-able + Hug-able - December 3, 2010 - Gallery Hanahou - New York, NY

Mortal Plush - I Am Not Your Toy - July 11, 2009 - Art Whino - National Harbor, MD
Plush You - October 12, 2009 - Schmancy - Seattle, WA
Stuff This III - December 5, 2009 - Rivet - Columbus, OH