Moves bring changes. Some are easy to adapt to, and others are a little harder. I've been living out this dynamic over the past two months while settling into a new state, a new apartment, and a new stage of life. In the midst of all this newness, however, there have been some incredible changes that I could easily get used to.
One such change is the closeness of the ocean. We now have many beautiful beaches to explore, many of which are a quick 10-15 minutes away. So, it was with a sense of excitement that I accepted a recent commission for a seashell illustration. Shells have never been a subject matter that I've focused on in my artwork. But, the timing of this job was perfect. I started to research shells, found a new appreciation for them, and began searching with careful diligence as we'd walk up and down the beaches during weekend explorations.
Eventually, all the research and the resulting illustration led to me this invitation, which is, perhaps, more traditional than my typical style. I love it, however, for the story and the inspiration behind it. And change, after all....whether in artistic style, location, or job...can sometimes be a really good thing.