Healdsburg watercolor

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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The fall colors in Healdsburg right now are breathtaking. Especially after a rain. More rain please!


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hello september

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


hello sunflowers…hello sunshine!


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save the bees

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Bees are responsible for the pollination of the majority of our food crops. Without these essential pollinators our food supply would be severely threatened.  The bees are in trouble–honeybee hives have been dying out in increasingly alarming numbers. What can we do to help? One way is to plant bee-friendly gardens abundant with native flowers, fruits & vegetables. Check out the Honeybee Conservancy here for more info.

These letterpress prints are available for purchase. Printed in an edition of 50 on tree-free, archival paper. Size: 8×10″. Finished with Sennelier watercolor (made with honey for added brilliance & smoothness :)

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champs de ble • provence

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Round wheat bales in the fields of the Bouches-du-Rhône, from the Mon Coeur est en Provence collection of letterpress prints.

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mon cœur est en provence

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Let the show begin…the letterpress prints are up! If you happen to be in the area of the Bouches-du-Rhône, do drop by for a visit & glass of rosé.

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provence prints • letterpress + aquarelle

Thursday, June 25, 2015


My family has been returning to Provence every summer for over twenty years. With each visit I make a sketch a day, and try to capture the experience of this special place. Everywhere you look, there is something eye-catching and inspiring. From the distinctive fabrics & pottery, to the bounty of delicious fruits & vegetables in the local markets, to the colors & textures of the unique Provençal landscape, there is something to feast your eyes upon. This collection of letterpress prints is a result of my sojourn in the Bouches-du-Rhône, an enchanted part of the world.


The Mon Cœur est en Provence series of prints was designed & printed in my Berkeley studio.

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Handprinted on my vintage printing press in an edition of 15 on Fabriano Artistico paper.


Finished with Sennelier watercolor and…


…sun-dried in the summer sunshine of St. Paul de Vence.


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Let’s Play

Friday, May 15, 2015

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The Book Club of California commissioned me to design & print a card introducing the charming 1930’s children’s book, Let’s Play, to their members.

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edible alphabet show

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BUCCI show poster

The Edible Alphabet prints are hanging right now at BUCCI’S in Emeryville until May 2. Printed in an edition of 20 on Fabriano Artistico paper — the 13th century Italian paper mill that once made paper for Renaissance artisans, Michelangelo and more recently, the Italian lire.

A HUGE thank you & debt of gratitude to my dear friend & letterpress colleague, Richard Seibert.

Remember to eat your fruits & veggies :)


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I ❤️ LA

Friday, February 20, 2015


From my LA card series. Currently working on a Berkeley & Paris series ☀︎

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 15, 2014


Freshly designed & letterpress printed business cards for Alex Beckman’s new company, Elastic Holdings. We didn’t set out to have the typeface be the logo, it just sort of evolved that way by process of elimination.


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playful pup note cards

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Hot off the press: reprints of Vintage Kennel Club note cards, stickers + envelopes. The playful pup captures the vibe of this place–a working farm/ranch where you can board your dog (and rest assured your pup will play until his/her heart’s content :) AND stock up on olive oil, wine and other (human) treats from the surrounding area.

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happy hauntings

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dia de los Muertos card BLOG

Happy Halloween & Dia de los Muertos. Here’s a glimpse of this year’s Halloween card…an occasion to dust off those dusty gothic typefaces in the hinterlands of my type library :)  Printed in velvety black ink with accents of blood red.

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shafer vineyards soirée

Monday, October 20, 2014


What an honor to design + print John Shafer’s 90th birthday party invitations + dinner menus. I had the pleasure of working with John’s wife, Barbara, on the design…striking the right tone of unfussy, casual elegance. Hand-printed letterpress in “Shafer” blue ink…a custom ink mix inspired by the vines & landscape of Shafer Vineyards. Beautifully situated in the Stags Leap district of Napa Valley.




A glimpse of the letterpress menus and escort cards, photographed by Meg Smith Photography.

Cheers & Happy 90th Birthday John Shafer!

Catered by Richard Visconte. Event design by Kristi Amoroso.



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woodsy wedding • oregon

Monday, September 15, 2014


Teresa + Damon were married among the pine trees on Damon’s family farm in Silverton, Oregon. The bounty of colorful dahlias & zinnias for the wedding party and reception were grown there on the farm.



The letterpress invitations captured the woodsy-ness of the location, as well as Teresa + Damon’s love for good, homegrown produce (hence the beets, carrots, & mushrooms :) Pictured below is the family farm + happy couple. Petite letterpress hedgehog tags were attached to the wooden cooking spoon wedding favors.




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petit renard wine labels • press check

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Proofing color for Petit Renard wine labels.

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les couleurs

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Experimenting with watercolor washes using 3 brilliant colors: ciruela, chartreuse + carmine. Inspired by the prints of Louise Bourgeois, which I had the pleasure of seeing at the Collection Lambert in Avignon. Heaven.

Below are colors from the Patisserie in Molleges and the vegetable + fruit Marché in Avignon. Delectable colors.

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un deux trois

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Pistache + chocolat + frais = happiness.

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J’adore Marseille

Friday, July 25, 2014


Friday in Marseille = visit to the fish marché on the vieux port…strolling around the waterfront marveling the beautiful weathered buildings…enchanted by way the sunlight washes everything in gold. Bouillabaisse for lunch followed by deux boules glace for dessert :)

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le petit atelier

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


When I’m not outside painting, I’m inside here, working on drawing techniques & exploring color.

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s. france sketchbook

Monday, July 21, 2014

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I love exploring & painting en plein air. Today’s explorations took me to Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct. I found a place by the river to sketch. It’s so hot & dry here the watercolor dries instantly, so working swiftly is de rigueur. After painting, a swim in the river is necessary to cool off :)

Montpellier is a wonderful city. I love walking the narrow, hilly streets. I found a great spot to sit & sketch in the Jardin des Plantes.

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Sur le Pont, d’Avignon. ♥



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south of france sketchbook

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Back in S. France where the living is good….and the light is mesmerizing. Each summer I return here and each time I’m blown away by the quality of the light…and the colors…which seem ultra saturated & vibrant. And the peaches! Mind-blowingly delicious….especially in the form of a beignet. Sweet summertime. I’m inspired to sample each treat in the patisserie display case and then record it in the sketchbook :)

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edible alphabet prints are up!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Bienvenue! The prints are up & ready for the show!

A petite description of the process: first I sharpen my pencil and sketch out each letter & corresponding illustration. Next, I go in with pen + ink and sketch the letter & illustration, and make any necessary tweaks. I prefer to draw from a real, live subject (a pair of beets, for example :) Once I’m happy with the drawing, a plate is made and the press is inked up (with velvety black ink) and printing begins.


Each letter & corresponding illustration are letterpress printed in an edition of 5.

Beauty & the beet. The final step in the process…adding the finish watercolor. Et voila!


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south of france vernissage

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IMG_5906Sooooo exciting to show my letterpress + watercolor work in S. France. :) If you’re in the area, please drop by!


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caroline + tavita

Monday, June 30, 2014


Working with Caroline + Tavita was a real treat. Fun, unconventional, quirky, bright & friendly are key words that describe them both individually and as a couple. We channeled that vibe into their wedding invitations (booklets!). They met in an undergraduate class at Stanford and passing notes was their preferred mode of communication. So, naturally, paper + paper airplanes figure prominently, as does handwriting :) No digital type here, all copy is hand-written and the playful illustrations are pen + ink. The booklets are letterpress-printed in grass green ink and bound using durable, bright green seam binding.


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