Dad's Lighthouse, ink wash on illustration board, 1984
My dad didn't actually have a lighthouse, but if he could own one, this is the one he'd want. I was home for Christmas break during my year at art school when I made this for Dad. It hangs in his home office. So much of the artwork I produced during this period of time was black and white. Art supplies were expensive, and I was convinced I would ruin the picture if I tried to use color. I chose to go with what seemed safe. I learned about the thousands of shades of gray.