Sketchbook Project 2012 starts touring from Brooklyn on April 30th! Check back to see if you are in a city that’s on the tour! You can then go and see my sketchbook and thousands of others that entered.
My original intent for my sketchbook was just to finish something and practice (it’s always beneficial to have a real deadline for any type of project). And since this is all new to me, I just hoped that I would finish since I had paid for it already! The idea was to do the sketchbook in just 1 day and name it “All in a day’s work.” But as I started working on it, the whole process just evolved from something extremely impersonal and just an exercise, to something intimately personal.
Thus, this sketchbook has become about a person that was so uniquely supportive to me in my creative journey, that it now seems entirely appropriate to dedicate a special piece of art to her, my mother-in-law, who has been one of my best friends these past several years. Her passing has effected us all very deeply. But particularly with myself, her voice was always encouraging all of my creative aspirations, and I can honestly say it was because of her unfailing support, that I am where I am today as a professional artist, educator and freelance designer. The entire project lends itself to a very intimate medium–I am sure I am not the only one to send out a deeply personal project to the masses in this way. Yet, at the same time, it is comforting to send it out for thousands of others to read in the public, those who do not know me and will never know my mother-in-law, still can relate because perhaps they will find some comfort in being reminding of a lost loved one in their family or friends, someone who was so special to them. What better way to honor her and say thank you! My work is rarely, if ever, about such personal and more specific experiences. But this project seemed entirely right to devote it to such a beautiful woman, who I learned so much from and feel so grateful to have known.