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The River Oblivion

Full page editorial illustration for Oregon Humanities Magazine. Selected by jury to be featured in the Society of Illustrators 65 exhibit and book.

The River Oblivion, written by Laura Gibson, is a story about the author's grandmother who suffered memory loss from Alzheimer’s. I wanted to get the tone right for this piece – we didn’t want it to feel too cheerful, since the story holds light and dark in balance. Dusk felt like the right time of day and set the stage for a warm palette and long shadows. The river was a must-have element. Compositionally, it separates the small figure from her A-frame cabin – where Gibson’s grandmother spent time in the Sierra Nevada mountains and would later wander and get lost.  

Medium: Gouache, colored pencil, digital.



Editorial illustration

Oregon Humanities Magazine




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