The art and stories I create are my offspring, and to a certain extent they grow up, go off into the world and live their lives independent of me just as real children might.
The original artwork on Something's Fishy was born to decorate a reuseable coffee cup. I like putting art on stuff that is everyday & functional and created this particular original piece for a friend. She and I were both going through that "twisty & bumpy road" in our 30s—we were searching for Mr. Right, thought we had found him (multiple times) only to find that he dashed away or got hooked on another line. I decided to create something to remind both of us that there were 'lots of fish in the sea.' At some point the cup was loaned out and went missing, hopefully it is still being put to good use somewhere on the planet.
The image continued to fuel my creativity. I had a digital image of the art and decided to adopt it to a new project. I removed the catch phrase that birthed the art: There are lots of fish in the sea...some are catch and release, a few never caught, and one or two are keepers too. The artwork then became the centerpiece for a children's story (unpublished) that begins: There's something fishy about these sea creatures!
Finally, it became a postcard, notecard and envelope but I never reprinted them and my stocks dwindled to a few envelopes. Then, last month, a teacher I met at a conference several years ago contacted me to ask if I still made the cards—and I resurrected its notecard and envelope duo.
It is the first product I've ever offered direct from me to you in my studio shop and it makes me very happy to see my artwork put smiles on people across the planet.