2017 Bobby James Awards | “…and the award goes to…”

  Achievement in Cinematography | Dan Lausten – The Shape of Water The Shape of Water is a beautiful film stamped with Guillermo del Toro’s signature. It is undoubtedly del Toro’s most cinematically pleasing work since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). The strengths of this film though lie directly in its ability to transport you to another…

The Making of “Matumaini”

Greetings. It seems like just yesterday I was presenting a Christmas card, and telling you the story behind these little pieces of my heart. Last year, I presented “Fluff and Hum: A Fireside Miracle,” a card forged by fate that carried a great deal of emotion. Before I present Matumaini (pronounced: ma-too-my-eenie), I’d like to share a bit…

The Making of “Fluff & Hum, a Fireside Miracle”

Six years ago, my original Christmas stories began with Hubble, a penguin who wished he could fly. In the years that followed, I gave you Candy Cane (the striped giraffe in search of a friend), Piph (pronounced “Piff,” a snow-white elephant in search of belonging), Toff and Tot (the flamingos that found love in one…

Commissioned Art | Thank You Elephants

Recently, I was contacted by a friend for a commissioned collection. She had spent a month working with an elephant sanctuary, and in turn wanted to say “Thank You” in a unique, one-of-a-kind way. Within two weeks, I delivered her collection, which was to feature one circus-themed elephant. I now present it to you (fronts…

EXCLUSIVE: The Legend of Pato

Merry Christmas! I am proud to publicly present The Legend of Pato! I’ve teased you with information and concept art – and glimpses of the final product since June. You’ve read about the trials to bring him to life – and now, I am excited for you to meet Pato on this Christmas morning. Pato is my fifth original…

Bobby James Awards 2015 | Impact Wrestling: The Year of E-C-3!

Your second edition of the 2015 Bobby James Awards is for TNA Impact Wrestling. Time shall not be wasted, let’s get ready to rumble! X-Division Wrestler of the Year Manik Love him or hate him – but I’m guessing most of you love him, Manik was one of the most exciting Impact Wrestling stars to…

Bobby James Awards 2015 | WWE: NXT TakeOver!

Welcome to the first, oldest and one of my favorite installments of the Bobby James Awards. This edition is a celebration of all things WWE – and the stars, matches and moments that made 2015 a standout year. WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, has continued its evolution into one of the most popular brands in all of professional wrestling –…

Bobby James Awards | Fan-Voted Categories: Voting Open Through Dec. 15!

It’s nearing the time of year when I release my nominees and selections for my “Best of 2015” lists. Over the past decade, these lists have become known as the Bobby James Awards. A few years back, I thought it’d be nice to open (or create) a couple categories for you all to participate in. I’m happy to announce…

Let’s Trumpet & Roar August 10-12

My birthday is fast approaching (August 12) and in the lead up to it, there are a couple noteworthy dates: AUGUST 10:     World Lion Day, would be my Grandma Sarah’s birthday AUGUST 12:     World Elephant Day, my birthday! As you may be aware, the previous two years, in lieu of gifts, I’ve requested donations be…

New Art in Neon Layers, Pt. 2

Continuing my bright and bold color trend, I present two new pieces of art! The first, inspired by “California Dreamin’” as performed by Sia for the upcoming blockbuster San Andreas (2015), is an externalization of internal conflict. I wanted there to be a blending of dark and stormy elements mixed with peaceful imagery and bright,…

New Art in neon layers

It’s no secret that for the past year, I’ve been creating layered art pieces. I’ve wanted to play with textures and bright colors. In February of this year, I started thinking of art – and my life, really – in terms of bold color and choices. With this post, I present three bright and boldly…

Fostering Rorogoi – renewed

Ahead of tonight’s Gardeners of Eden premiere on Pivot TV, as promised, I’ve made a donation to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. With 25% of my earnings and a base donation, I’ve renewed my fostering of Rorogoi for another year. If you’ll recall, Rorogoi was rescued by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on October 10, 2013. While…