My illustration work began in printmaking, but I've done a number of projects in watercolor as well. I enjoy working from a text and also doing commissioned landscape painting, as I have done for Memphis Magazine, Cape Resorts, and a number of individual businesses.
Book of Common Worship
The first half of 2017 was spent creating 16 linoleum block prints and another 24 pen and ink illustrations for the new edition of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Book of Common Worship. They only do an edition every 25 or 30 years, so this should be in use for some time with my artwork at the beginning of every section. The book comes out in April 2018.
Chalk Line Books
I've illustrated four mid-century crime novels for reprinting by Chalk Line Books. It's fun to read a text and get to decide the important places to highlight visually for the reader. It's a great gig for a lifetime reader.
Call to Worship
I was the artist in residence for the quarterly Presbyterian journal Call to Worship and illustrated all four issues in 2012. These illustrations were linoleum block prints on liturgical themes.
Illustrations for Cape Resorts hotel group
I did several years' worth of work painting a series of properties owned by the Cape Resorts Group. They've used these images for their website, Concierge magazine, brochures, menus, holiday cards, and all matter of small printed materials.
Illustrations for the Cape Resorts menus
I did an urban sketch for each category of the 2012 City Guide issue of Memphis Magazine (August 2012), and I loved showing off my city. To see more of this project, click here.
I illustrated a short story for Memphis Parent in 2012. Below left is the overall spread as it was laid out. To read the story more legibly, try this PDF. Below right is a second illustration I did for their September 2012 calendar page.
These linoleum block prints were created for the 2010-2011 Horizons Bible Study Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today by Barbara Rossing, with suggestions for leaders by Louise Lawson Johnson. The book was in use nationally by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
All images © Martha Kelly -- All Rights Reserved