Portrait of a Hippo, giclee on paper, 8.5" x 11" AuctionBytes
Open edition benefitting the World Wildlife Fund
, "The Independent Trade Publication for Online Merchants," is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it for news and ideas. Recently, I found out they featured my story in their section, First Item Sold Online
My first item is a long-time favorite, Portrait of a Hippo
. I created it years ago when I was considering a career in science illustration, and it was the first time I had ever used scratchboard.
It's a medium I truly love, but due to studio limitations and health concerns (scratching into the fine clay of scratchboard creates a lot of clay dust--bad to breathe in), I decided not to pursue this medium until I had a better set up.
Regardless, it's used in illustration because it creates images that hold up well for reproduction. I've created an open edition print of Portrait of a Hippo
(which also benefits the World Wildlife Fund) and a larger, limited edition print
of it, too, not to mention a Little Beauties Art Card
and variety of merchandise in my gift shop, Everyday Beauty
. It's inspired interpretations that became my Hippo Series
. Portrait of a Hippo
is a classic, and it being my first sale online, and created during a time when I first considered being an artist, holds a special place in my heart.
Many thanks to my first collector! Invite Beauty