Shortly after I started the magazine Caelum et Terra, the distant ancestor of this blog, I received a letter and some drawings, offered for publication, from one Michelle Dick. She and her husband at that time were living in the Little Portion Third Order Franciscan community in Arkansas.
I knew immediately that I had been blessed; her art was lovely. At that time she was working with pen and ink, and favored a pointillist apporach, creating images with little individual dots. I suggested to her that she try scratchboard, which mimics woodcuts, and which I had been using.
She did, and the rest is history.
While many of my ideas have, through the years, turned out to have been stupid, this was not one. Her art was a highlight of the journal.
Michelle now lives in Hawaii, and makes her living from her art. Here are a few recent works, but first, one from the 90s, the larger work from which my masthead is taken: