As you know by now, my girls carry a lot of clout in the direction of my work. I find myself amidst fairies, mermaids and flowers on a daily basis. Doodling and painting “for the girls," I do love getting lost in the details of the pretty, frilly, and whimsical things they love. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I do love projects for the guys, too. When an opportunity to develop another product line for boys comes along, the floodgates open and ideas pour out that typically don’t fly with my home audience.
My cousin, Laura, and her husband, are quite the adventurous couple. With a pack of four insanely awesome pups always in tow, they recently added a bouncing baby boy to the pack and named him Wilder (likely the most appropriately named child I know). I’m telling you, his parents are a Travel Channel show waiting to happen. An airstream is their preferred method of transportation – always camping, traveling and exploring like it’s their job. I knew that Wilder needed something special for his nursery.
I loved the idea of capturing “A boy and his dog,” and thinking of all the adventures that Wilder will likely go on. Combining the memories of my own adventures and all the wishes I have for Wilder allowed me to step back in time, remember those days and feel the brightness of setting off on a new adventure.
I didn’t want to stop by only depicting a boy and his dog, but why not throw an assortment of wild animals in the mix? No one goes into the wilderness without making friends with the forest, right? So, a deer, ram, seagull, fish and bear all make an appearance in this series. And in every good adventure book or movie, there are scenes from different terrains, so I knew I needed to capture that as well.
The Adventure series inspired me so much that I’m drafting up what’s next to come for our little traveler and his pup. Will we see him in the desert? Maybe in flight? I see lots of opportunities ahead for expanding this collection, and I look forward to sharing them as they are released. If you have a little (or big) adventurer in your home, be sure to check out the prints here on our website.