Swept To Sea

Mouse and Hare thought they would escape the fire by floating down the river. Mouse in his walnut shell boat. Hare in the washtub. But the river went too fast and they soon found themselves swept out to sea. Hare got really scared, like scaredy hares tend to get.

Swept To Sea

Book Cover Photographer

This has probably been the highlight of 2020.

Sure I’ve had many other book covers, but the only other one that even came close to being from such a well known author was David Baldacci’s “The Hit”. The past couple of years has seen me doing a lot more photography than I had been doing for a few years. Part of that was our move and having new scenery to explore, but also because of becoming more focused on one specific market for my photography.

I started out as a fine art photographer doing work for galleries, and while I still maintain part of my career for the wall decor market, the heaviest emphasis has been on work for book covers which fits with my idea of telling a story through visuals. I have, even during the gallery days, been most interested in how people interrupt the image and the stories they form around it. I love that aspect of being a visual artist!

The other thing that has kind of blossomed in 2020, is the illustrations done for the book cover market. I dabbled with that before, but have really explored it this year when travel and getting out there wasn’t as accessible due to the pandemic. I find the two mediums really compliment each other. The illustrations allow me to put a more human focus into my work that would be difficult (for my introverted self) through photography.

Illustration of an Asian man behind a white picket fence.

If you are interested in my work for the publishing industry, you can view my portfolio at Arcangel Images.

Forest Friends: House On Fire

It had been several months since Mouse had been released from hospital but he was still very weak and needed care. Summer had been good though. The friends had been able to have socially distanced visits with their family and friends. The warm weather and sunshine made everything better and the enemy was quiet.

But as the days grew shorter, the enemy started it’s attack again. Bear was scared. She was having trouble concentrating and getting motivated. Then one day she noticed some smouldering embers in the forest. The Forest Council was called and asked to put the embers out, but they said “It will soon snow and the embers will go out on their own”. By the time the snows came the embers had grown into tiny fires here and there. The snow couldn’t put them all out.

The Forest Council was again called to help, but they couldn’t agree and did nothing. It didn’t take long for the whole forest to explode in flames. The Friends gathered but didn’t know which way to go to get out of the fire. They vowed to stick together and do everything they could to stay safe, and hoped they could get enough of the other forest dwellers to work with them to fight the enemy, and put the fires out.

Elizabethan Collar

Elizabethan Collar © Roberta Murray

If she was a horse she might go through life with blinders on, but instead she wears her Elizabethan collar and chooses not to see all the ugliness happening in the world. Her flowery attitude makes everyone love her all the more.

Limited edition of 10 signed and numbered – 11×14″ prints on a soft textured fine art paper. Printed with Epson Ultrachrome archival pigment inks for museum quality prints. Available at Art Interiors.

Metropolitan

Introducing

The Art Interiors collection of fine art limited edition prints. 

I am happy to announce I have partnered with Art Interiors in Toronto to bring my illustrations to your walls. Metropolitan is a collection of quirky, playful designs to bring a touch of whimsy to your home or office. These affordable art prints are available in editions of 10 printed to museum standards with archival inks on sustainable hemp paper.

Flaming Hair Beauty © Roberta Murray
Luck Be A Lady © Roberta Murray
Hippie Wiggle © Roberta Murray

Be sassy with Flaming Hair Beauty – You are a wild thing aren’t you? I mean you can’t be tamed, just like your flaming red hair. You are show stopper though. Even the birds can’t resist you!

Be stylish with Luck Be A Lady – You do things old school. Never going out in anything less than your finest. Fully groomed and polished like a real lady. Anyone would be lucky to keep your company because you’re just as gorgeous on the inside.

Be wild and free with Hippy Wiggle – Let your hair down, take your shoes off, and dance through the garden of life. Peace, love, hula hoop to some rock and roll you gorgeous flower child you.

See the full collection available now at Art Interiors – https://www.artinteriors.ca/artists/roberta_murray

Forest Friends: The Beginnings

The friends first met on a fateful day in a flower strewn meadow far from the mountains. They had each been going a different way. Bear was going west back to the mountains. Fox was going north because he could only catch mice if he was facing that direction. Hare was going east to hide out in the salt marsh until his coat turned brown. Mouse was going south for no reason at all. It was quite by accident they all arrived at this exact spot at the exact same time and became automatic best friends, which they remain to this day.