Mike Hilbig’s surreal and gritty writing style was a perfect parallel to my own artistic philosophies so collaborating with him on the cover illustration for “Judgment Day & Other White Lies” was a lot of fun. We had a generously long deadline and were able to spend a good chunk of time brainstorming the concepts and imagery which resulted in a more meaningful cover illustration.
Since the book has been published, Mike has taken it on tour and has kindly invited me along to some of the local readings. Watch our social media for upcoming dates! You’ll be able to hear Mike read excerpts, get a signed copy of the book for yourself, and buy some prints of the cover and other illustrations from me.
I partnered with Insomnia Gallery for May’s “Shirt of the month”. The design was printed on a limited number of high-quality T-shirts.
The Texas Snow Reaper design was created during the 2021 winter storm in Texas when sub-freezing temps caused the state’s electric infrastructure to fail. At the height of the crisis, nearly 4.5 million Texas homes and businesses were without power and many went without heat and electricity for weeks.
“God damn tourist eatin’ up all the bagels!” screamed a white-haired old lady in line ahead of me at the Bread and Breakfast. I shrunk behind her hoping she wouldn’t turn and identify me as one of them. Because that is exactly what I was in 2004. One of those awful people from Houston who come into town going the wrong way on the one way streets, smiling at the town deer, and eatin’ up all the food before the locals can get up for their usual. I don’t remember what the old lady looked like. I probably see her all the time, but don’t recognize her because now that I’m a local(ish) she’s probably real sweet and I probably let her cut the line ahead of me at the grocery store.
I’ve actually lived in Alpine during two periods. I moved here the first time in 2006. During that initial period I stopped living in sin with my now husband, David, and I worked three jobs: one at a dollar store, one at the Alpine Avalanche, and one at the Alpine Public Library. David and I left Alpine in 2011 to attend the University of North Texas for our Masters in Library Science. It’s odd that it was during my time away from West Texas that I began illustrating George Covington’s bi-weekly column in The Big Bend Sentinel. As a bonus, this came with a gratis copy of the newspaper so I was never behind on Big Bend happenings. As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to come back to Alpine in 2015 and in many ways it feels like I never left.