2018
a Series
I'm always looking to combine lettering with illustrations. This series of natural trees with the flowing poetic quotes was the perfect chance to play with the rustic, matte texture of gouache with a refined, glossy gold.

Calligraphic Maya Angelou quote artistically intwined with cedar tree illustration by Katie Leavens

Thrive in Style

When I think of thriving and not just surviving, my mind goes to the cypresses growing along the cliff sides along the California coast. They are wind blown and look like they will fall into the ocean at any moment. But instead they grow and thrive!


My client wanted this Maya Angelou quote combined with a plant illustration? But she left the rest to me. The golden words of wisdom play off this rustic tree to give a perfectly imperfect art piece


“Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

—John Muir


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