I had just gotten back from cycling with my little family from Pittsburgh to D.C. in an effort towards fighting for environmental justice. Exhilarated by the endorphins of over 200 miles, I set out to find work with a mission: to help care for our planet. I started working with Glen Helen in June of 2017.
Yellow Springs, Ohio is a small town like no other I have been to. As an environmentalist, it is no wonder I landed here for some time – Yellow Springs is a nature-centric town located in the middle of rural Ohio. Throughout history, it has served as a place of rest and healing for people as notable as President Lincoln. Myths and anecdotes throughout history tell of a Yellow Spring whose water heals; whoever drinks of this spring will return to it at least once more. When Glen Helen’s project manager, Ann, asked me to create a “hipster-looking t-shirt,” my goal was to highlight this spring to the new age hipsters who are looking for some natural healing and nourishment.
I illustrated much of Glen Helen’s natural environment and inhabitants while I was there and eventually people started to notice. I was asked to draw Glen Helen’s raptors, which would go on to be used for marketing materials to draw more people to the Raptor Center.
I have two distinct styles that my clients can choose from – one being simple linework and the other, more intricate color and detail. I typically will make an example of each one side by side then throw it to a vote for the organization to choose which they like best. It is my goal to get as many details in the beginning, so we don’t have to waste time backtracking and recreating. I know that working with designers in the non-profit sector is not only unaffordable in most cases but also can be exhausting when your designer doesn’t understand the aesthetic you are looking for. This is why I offer a discount to non-profits and have a process of discovery before we start.
If you are interested in working with me, please place an inquiry. If you’re as passionate as both Glen Helen and I are about preserving the planet, please donate so that they can continue to do their work!