This 18x24" illustration, on 22x30" Bristol, is a private commission. Each item in this drawing is symbolic to the owner, and represents a time, place, or event in her personal history.
The owl is symbolic of a story her mother would read to her as a child. The copperhead and buckeye blooms are indicative of her time growing up in Ohio. The lyre and carnations reference her college sorority, and the Latin "Mens et Manus" a nod to MIT - located in Boston, also depicted by the 1800's map. Lastly, the shooting star, an homage to the Pawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh.
This is the largest pen and ink work I've ever completed, and clocked in at over 60 hours of nothing but dots, lines, and more dots. It's really taught me just how much the investment of time and persistence pays off!
I'll be digitizing this and working up a color version as well... Stay tuned.