VPA Best In Show Award 2017


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The Virginia Press Association awarded my illustration, “Silky The Clown and Pet Spider, Fang,” a First Place and Best In Show in the “Daily Illustration” category.

Last year, after I’d created the scrap art piece, I approached the Virginian-Pilot Health writer, Elizabeth Simpson, about running it on our weekly “Your Health” page, with her column about Halloween safety tips. Well, she’s an incredible person and not only agreed, but addressed the artwork specifically in her lede.

Even though my scrap art is separate from my work as a newspaper designer, I always try to work it into the paper as often as I can, and I’m grateful to Liz and my editors for helping me do so.