May 16, 2013: Scenes from a marriage, The Boston Globe
The author of this op/ed ruminated on the nuances and well-worn patterns of her own marriage, after watching Ingmar Bergman’s film, “Scenes from a Marriage." This illustration appeared in The Boston Globe on May 17, 2013.
April 8, 2013: Human Trafficking, THIS magazine
Human trafficking can victimize ordinary woman who are forced into sex work in the most ordinary of places, including motels and hotels along highway 401 in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. This is one of the observations made about Ontario's sex trade in an article for the May/June 2013 issue of THIS magazine. This illustration accompanies it.
March 4, 2013: Illness maze, MORE magazine
These two illustrations appeared in MORE magazine in September 2012. The article by Li Robbins was about how we sometimes struggle to be there for friends coping with illness, especially cancer. Working on this piece I definitely thought a lot about the people in my own life who have struggled, and continue to live with the difficult knowledge that they have this disease. Thanks to Associate Art Director Shelley Frayer and Art Director Faith Cochran for their guidance on this piece.
March 4, 2013: What's next for the student movement? Briarpatch
The cover of the September/October 2012 issue of Briarpatch magazine featured my portrait of Sarah Kam in the role of nonplussed Quebec student. The magazine's feature article was about next steps for Quebec student movement prior to the commencing of September classes.
For the final cover of the issue, Art Director Valerie Zinc wanted me to desaturate everything except for red, to more strongly connect the image to the red square, the symbol of the Quebec student movement.
Unfortunately the only student desk I could find for Sarah to pose sitting in was this tiny one meant for a child, hence Sarah's awkward pose in it. While I regretted somewhat the pose, I was rather pleased with my portrait of her. What do you think, does it look like her?
January 14, 2012: National Magazine Award
Thanks to The New Quarterly (@thenewquarterly) for submitting the double cover I did for their "Quarc" issue (a special issue devoted to art and science with Art Poetry magazine) for a National Magazine Award! Well, we're not even past the first post yet but I'm sincerely grateful to them for thinking about it. Also, everyone should check out the issue. It's full of really interesting meditations about science, including an interview with Alice Munro about her story, "Too Much Happiness", about 19th century mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya.
January 5, 2012: Cold War Social Science, Palgrave Macmillan
This book was released by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Edited by Hamilton Cravens and Mark Solovey, the book examines American social science research and its part in making scientific the ideological war to win hearts and minds during the Cold War period. I was really excited to complete this project as it was my first illustrated book cover! The building featured in the illustration is the headquarters of the RAND corporation in Santa Monica, California.
Art Director: Richard Bellis.
Thanks to Mark Solovey for initiating the project.
December 5, 2011: 20th Anniversary Issue, Literary Review of Canada
Congratulations to the LRC on a really great-looking 20th anniversary issue. For a literary review magazine in a small country, the LRC has always taken itself seriously and accomplished much. I've been privileged to illustrate for the LRC a number of times, and my favourite piece for them was this cover for their November 2008 issue. However, the above illustration was one of two I produced for their most recent issue. Happy birthday LRC, bon fete, et bravo! Art Director: Alistair Cheng.
September 23, 2011: Grampy's Tomatoes, The Globe and Mail
In the Globe and Mail on September 23, 2011, this illustration appeared to accompany a lovely story by Michelle Singerman about gardening in the fall season and keeping warm with family memories (I loved loved loved painting with super-saturated colour for this one).
Thanks to art director Cinders McLeod for letting me paint a Marry Pratt-esque still life.
September 7, 2011: 9/11 Generation, The Boston Globe
Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, my illustration of a tattoo accompanied an affecting article by Juliette Kayyem in The Boston Globe. Writing about young Americans who have grown up since September 2001, Kayyem explores how wars and American foreign policy in the intervening years have shaped their view of America in the world.
Art Director: Heather Hopp-Bruce.
September 5, 2011: Blue collar/White collar, The Globe and Mail
In honour of labour day, this illustration accompanied a nice little essay about the difference between white and blue collar work by Hamilton Ontario native Matt Terry in The Globe and Mail. Whether the creative class will replace the working class in a city that is increasingly post-industrial, is a pre-occupation of many Hamiltonians at the moment. For this reason, Terry's story had particular resonance for me.
Art Director: Cinders McLeod. If you want to see an enlarged version of this illustration, take this link.