I found out last week that I won this poster from Nate Williams, one of my favorite illustrators. He also runs an illustration portfolio site, Illustration Mundo. I discovered Nate's work a few years back and his blog where he talks about his love of South America, his family, and his creative work.
The beauty of life is a theme in his work and this poster give away was in honor of his mother. I love how he describes his mom and I can only hope that as a mom I have given my own son the same sense of tackling his life with the curious and positive energy that Nate possesses. He describes his mom as giving him the tools that one needs to be able to live a full life which includes exploring and falling in love with another country and ultimately living abroad and immersing himself in a foreign culture.
I am about to head out to celebrate my son's graduation from college - he is an awesome kid, but of course, he is my son - hee hee. But if one can be objective, well, probably I can't, but let me just say, he demonstrates a huge heart for those around him and of all the things he does and all that he has accomplished, I am most proud of that. He is graduating with Honors from one of the most difficult colleges and was nominated the class poet - well I have to be a little bit of a proud mama. So it is going to be a huge event for us. After he graduates, he is going back to SE Asia, an area he fell in love with when he studied his junior year abroad there. He, like Nate, fell in love with a country, its people - food - language - and is going back to immerse himself in that culture and grow and learn and explore.
When I hang Nate's beautiful artwork up, it will remind me of all that I hope I have given my son to be able to head out in the world and celebrate his "Beautiful Life".
Nate was kind enough to feature me on Illustration Mundo's Spotlight. Check it out and feel free to leave a comment about the feature. Thanks N8, for your inspiration, your beautiful artwork, and your kindness.
I will be taking a little blog break until after the graduation - check back mid June for some fabric giveaways.