Buried like a pearl in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is this beautiful quote about returning to your roots:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Our stylistic and subject roots are nautical imagery. We drew our first nautical print, The Original Ship in a Bottle, in 2009 from a makeshift studio in the bonus room above Ashley’s parents’ garage, where we landed between apartments after college. Metaphors of sea voyages abound for our freelance career since we drew that first print. Today we completed another take on a whimsical tall ship illustration, this time in the form of a whimsical hot air balloon. When the seas are tempest-tossed, sometimes the best route is to take to the skies!