Client: Yale New Haven Health
Location: New Haven, CT, United States
Completion date: 2015
Artwork budget: $10,000
Morgenstern Creative Arts, LLC
I was commissioned to create a triptych of three colorful, fantasy images for the Pediatric Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, with the theme of travel and imagination. The images are 28″ high x 40″ wide, printed on Hahnemühle 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks. They are signed, matted and framed.
My idea was to symbolize hope and healing for children who are battling cancer, while offering art that stimulates the imagination. I wanted to use vivid colors and create rich landscapes with many small details that might capture a child’s attention. I wanted the art to feature characters who are cheerful, yet brave. One of the main characters is a spunky little the plane that is bandaged together. The plane is flying high above the world, happy strong, and truimphant. It flies over imaginary landscapes, where people are catching fish. Another image features a rider on a horse made of puzzle pieces. Together they can travel anywhere. The healing message played an important personal role this project, having survived cancer myself when I was younger.
The process involved close collaboration with art consultant, Nancy Samotis. I first created a number of sketches, collaging and painting digitally. Once the concepts were selected by Nancy and the art committee for approval, I completed their rendering. I personally oversaw the production of the giclee prints, working with my printer (who creates beautiful, archival prints). The final art was matted, framed, and mounted by Corporate Image.