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Ho ho...ul oh

1990. Pen & ink. 4½" x 7"

In 1990 I was living in Minnesota, far from most of my friends and family (at the time). Rather than buy Christmas cards that year, I decided to create my own. I had always been interested in children’s books: collecting them and attempting to create my own. Not surprising, my design was largely inspired stylistically by Maurice Sendak and Mercer Mayer, two of my favorite children’s book author/illustrators. I also wanted my image to be humorous and atypical, perhaps a little irreverent, a card people would notice and remember.

I created several versions; in fact, the piece started off as a color illustration idea. But when I decided to use it for my Christmas card I realized that the cost of color reproduction would be prohibitive. Therefore I opted to create a black-and-white piece that I could reproduce using a Xerox machine. After a few experiments, I settled on an ink crosshatch approach that I would continue to use for the next several decades.

  • Skating
  • Skating
  • Skating
  • Snowball
  • Making Cookies
  • Running Behind
  • Snowhorse
  • O Tannenbaum
  • Sant’a Treat
  • Early Risers
  • Reading the Christmas Story
  • Hanging the Stockings
  • Cookies for Santa
  • Stringing the Lights
  • The Creche
  • Pleasant Surprises
  • Hey, Jesus Is a Lightbulb!
  • Ho ho... uh oh
  • Parish Magazine illustrations
  • Parish Magazine illustrations

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