Willow the Giraffe

It’s a great day at work when you get the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the Maryland Zoo. Giraffes are my favorite animal so I was excited to get to spend time with this ‘little’ guy, Willow. Willow is the zoo’s newest addition to the giraffe house being born this past spring. I visited Willow shortly after she was born and she sure has grown since then!

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The 12 Best Days of Summer

 Can’t go wrong with a fair classic, the funnel cake.

Can’t go wrong with a fair classic, the funnel cake.

Each summer I anxiously wait for the 12 best days of summer, otherwise known as the Maryland State Fair. For as long as I can remember, from the last days of August through Labor Day weekend have been spent in the Cow Palace at the Maryland state fairgrounds. From being involved in activities from my youth 4-H days of competing in dairy judging, dairy cattle showing, to still participating in the open dairy show and entering a few pictures in the photography competition, I always look forward to the days of the state fair each year. It is a time to catch up and hang out with friends, eat delicious fried fair food and have the opportunity educate the public on the importance Maryland’s agricultural industry.

This year I had 5 entries in the photography competition but unfortunately no ribbons were won. I also exhibited my red & white Holstein dairy calf whom I own in a partnership with my sister and two of our friends. We got a 5th place ribbon in the fall calf class.

 Caviar munching on some hay getting ready for show day

Caviar munching on some hay getting ready for show day

Sunset Beach, NC

I spent the other weekend at my best friend's family beach house in Sunset Beach, NC. Her parents has asked me a couple months ago to come up with a design to paint on a window frame that they had recently installed into their stairway. I came up with the idea to paint a sunset scene since their beach house is in Sunset Beach, NC.

A very rainy day over the weekend and I got to work on the painting. 

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Dairy Girl Fitness

A good friend of mine started a fitness instagram account that highlights her workouts, meals and daily life while educating consumers on the importance of including dairy products into your fitness routine. When she asked me to design the logo that would become her brand, I was super excited to be involved in the project. Growing up on a farm, I had been raised my whole life eating dairy products and educated on the importance of milk in your diet. I was pleased that I could be able of her mission to show the general public that dairy isn't a scary thing. Make sure to check out the good work Emily is doing on her instagram, @dairygirlfitness. 

 The Final logo for Dairy Girl Fitness

The Final logo for Dairy Girl Fitness

 Here are the sketches I presented Emily to choose from for her brand. 

Here are the sketches I presented Emily to choose from for her brand. 

Light City

This past spring was the Light City Baltimore festival. It's a free festival of light, music and innovation put on by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. There are many exhibits along your way from Harbor East to downtown inner harbor. Lots for the public to look at. And makes for pretty pictures. 

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Feed Your Dreams

For Cargill's campaign, Feed Your Dreams, they have been using artwork made out of grain, silage, feed etc. for their promotional pieces. To carry on that theme and since Cargill was the sponsor of the Supreme champion award at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, they had the idea to design their logo in the middle of the show ring.

So that's where I came in. My friend Rebecca who works for Cargill asked me if I thought I could pull off designing the Cargill logo out of sawdust in the show ring. It was definitely a request that I had never had before and I was ready to give the task a try. After a practice round in our barn at home with a pile of sawdust, I felt confident that I could pull it off. Cargill was convinced as well and so the plans were set. 

2 hours after we started, 2 bags of black mulch, 2 cans of green spray paint and I can say that I was extremely pleased at how the logo turned out. I had never done a 3D art piece at that large of a scale before. The logo looked great in the middle of the show ring and it was no question to the audience who the sponsor was for the award!

Thank you to Cargill for trusting me to pull this off and thank you for giving me an art project that I don't typically get to engage in. It was great to create some art away from my computer and get my hands dirty at a cow show!

State Fair ribbons

I entered 5 photographs of mine into competition at the Maryland State Fair. I was excited when I went through the photography exhibit and saw that one of my entries had received a 4th place ribbon. The judges only place 1-4 and an honorable mention so I was pretty excited to be recognized with a 4th place!

Fawnwood Farm

It was a pleasure to work with the Mason's in Chestertown, MD. Valerie reached out to me looking for a farm logo for her family farm, Fawnwood Farm. It took us a few rounds of ideas back and forth but we were finally able to settle on a design that pleased everyone in the Mason family. 

The Masons are so pleased to finally have a logo to represent their farm and animals. The cow is outlined from one of their jerseys, MFW Renegade Baron. In the logo they wanted to represent their farm name as well as their prefix MFW.