Adorning the cover of Pittsburgh Quarterly

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There’s nothing like standing in line at Whole Foods, browsing the magazine selections and spotting one fine publication sporting your artwork on the cover (it puts me in a better mood before finding out how much I owe the cashier for my fancy almond milk and strawberries imported from Chile).

This was an exciting illustration commissioned by Pittsburgh Quarterly, which required a little ornithology research since the art director specified that only birds native to Western Pennsylvania should be included – hence the beautiful Cedar Waxwing, Northern Cardinal and Red-Breasted Nuthatch.

The overall design was meant to have a holiday feel without becoming dated by February when the next issue is due out. How did I do?

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