“Z is for Zealous” is a concept illustration a Christian-themed alphabet book. © Jennifer Mauch. I loved working on those translucent clouds and the fire effects!

“A is for Awesome” is another concept illustration. © Jennifer Mauch. Hello, complementary color scheme.

“Lost and Found: Journey to Self-Discovery” describes a young girl’s quest to find herself in classic quatrain style. Personally, I found a love of neons doing this book! © Richelle Smallwood.

“Lost and Found” illustration #20. The moral of the story: it’s the journey and not the souvenirs that count. © Richelle Smallwood.

"The Adventures of Naoomi: The Girl Who Had Time" follows little Naoomi's immigration from Haiti, her worldwide travels with flight attendant mom, and finally their accidental separation in Boston's Copley Mall as the protagonist goes looking for time. © Nehemie Zamor.

This "save the date" card was created for a lovely couple planning their wedding in Toronto. It features that city's skyline, constellations visible on the eve of the ceremony, and the wedding colors of violet and brown. © Rebecca Ross.

This two-toned acrylic painting of a “Mermicorn” was created for a dear friend of mine in a Secret Santa exchange.

“The Nativity” was digitally painted over the scan of a sepia-toned wash used for another painting. This was my Christmas card one year.

"Parakletos" is the first in a series of small acrylic paintings based around the theme of "church art." This particular one is based on the Greek term used to describe the Holy Spirit in John 14:26: parakletos. A parakletos was an ancient Greek lawyer. Unlike today, though, your parakletos would not cross-examine witnesses or argue for you; that was all on your head. So what was your suit (or rather, chiton, I suppose) doing in the meantime? Standing behind you and whispering in your ear the words that you should say.

“Stone Heart” is the second in my “church art” series. It comes from Ezekiel 11:19, in which God says, “I’ll give you a new heart. I’ll put a new spirit in you. I’ll cut out your stone heart and replace it with a red-blooded, firm-muscled heart.” (Does it say “wholesome” in my tagline? There’s also a smattering of gore!)

“Fine Dresses” is the fifth in my “church art” series. It’s based on Ezekiel 16:15-16: “But your beauty went to your head and you became a common whore, grabbing anyone coming down the street and taking him into your bed. You took your fine dresses and made ‘tents’ of them, using them as brothels in which you practiced your trade.” (Did I type “wholesome” to the left? There’s also a pinch of wink-wink-say-no-more!)

“Anarchy” is the sixth in my “church art” series. This dark piece is based on Ezekiel 22:9-11: “You have people… flocking to the hills to the sex shrines and fornicating unrestrained. Incest is common. Men force themselves on women regardless of whether they’re ready or willing. Sex is now anarchy.” (Does it say “wholesome” in my tagline? There’s also a dash of OMG–WTF!?)

"Singer" is the eighth in my "church art" series. It's based on Ezekiel 33: 30-32: "You've become quite the talk of the town. Your people meet on street corners and in front of their houses and say, 'Let's go hear the latest news from God.' They show up, as people tend to do, and sit in your company. They listen to you speak, but don't do a thing you say. They flatter you with compliments, but all they care about is making money and getting ahead. To them you're merely entertainment—a country singer of sad love songs, playing a guitar. They love to hear you talk, but nothing comes of it."

"Tall Bird and Fat Bird" page 1. Colored with chalk pastels and digitally inked. Published in grayscale in Jeju #7.

"Tall Bird and Fat Bird" page 2.

“Tall Bird and Fat Bird” page 4. On page 3, Fat Bird pulled Tall Bird out of the hole using the worm as a rope. He was shocked at how tall his friend was, and Tall Bird began to walk off with hurt feelings. However, differences overcome mean happy endings all aound!

"The Sad Santa" is a children's book connecting the secular idea of Santa Claus with the Christian reason for the season. All proceeds go to Santas for Christ, a fledging non-profit organization run by writer and friend Curt Becker. Find out more about the book at www.thesadsanta.com and the organization at www.santa4christ.com. © Curt Becker

“The Sad Santa” illustration 6. © Curt Becker. Love the almost-QVC on the TV there!

“The Sad Santa” illustration 12. © Curt Becker. Although the original idea of marketing the book with manger-shaped cookie cutters didn’t happen, baking makes everything better!


From the gentle gradients of pastels to the bold textures of acrylics and the crispness of computer shading, nothing personalizes a piece like color!

All images in this section are original works copyrighted to Michelle Fariss unless otherwise noted.

Various clientelle and personal projects.
Illustration, Comics, Fine Art