Hello! My name is Abra (pronounced with a long “A” at the beginning, like Abraham). 

I grew up on a farm in northeast Kansas and participated in a large variety of activities throughout my school years, but my love and constancy was always drawing. Therefore, it was not a surprise to anyone who knows me, that I chose to pursue a degree in art.

 

Thankfully my craft has matured with instruction and time, but the satisfaction and delight I find through the creative process—which I enjoy even more than the finished product—has never changed. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s procedure, of setting up his compositions in real life and then working from a photograph, taking pictures has become a major part of my design activity as well. My work has been described by others as stylized realism, combining detail with an active use of color and texture.

 

I love working with traditional media, where there is no “undo” button and I get my hands dirty. Pastel is my favorite! It gives me the ability to cover an area quickly, yet allows the application of layers of detail and color. And because it is pure pigment, it is the most permanent of all media when handled properly.

 

Along with the production of commissioned fine art, I desire to work as an illustrator of children’s books. For years, parents and teachers have relied upon children’s books to educate, entertain, and inspire. The illustrations within these books have tremendous power to help accomplish these goals. I can still remember being captivated by the pictures which brought stories to life for me as a kid.

 

In a world filled with many things that are designed for convenience and disposability, it is gratifying to create something which is as “timeless” as art. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share my work with you! I share with the hope that my art can impact your life in some small way—whether that is through education, inspiration, or simply give you the enjoyment it does me.

EDUCATION

University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS | 2016 - 2020

     BFA in Design, Illustration & Animation

     Concentration in Special Education

     American Sign Language

 

Study Abroad | Drawing in Italy | Summer 2019

EXHIBITIONS & HONORS

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LIBART EXHIBITION 

     KU Libraries Juried Student Show | Lawrence, KS

     Top Award 2018 - 2019

     Honorable Mention (2) 2019 - 2020 

 

KU ILLUSTRATION & ANIMATION SHOW

Juried Student Show | Lawrence, KS | Spring 2018 & 2019 

 

ASCENSION SETON SPINE & REHABILITATION CENTER GALLERY 

Juried Show | Austin, TX | Spring 2020 - Fall 2020

 

TINY ART SHOW

Juried Show | Lawrence, KS | Summer 2020