In 2007 I met poster artist Wendy Wright at a poster show held by The Rock Poster Society in San Francisco. She won that year's young artist contest. I love her work, which is both modern and with a 60's style. And decided I'd like to hire her to design the artwork for my new CD.
We met again in 2008. My single is called "This Is Happiness". I decided lying in a hammock was a good image for that. And remembered my dad took a picture of me in a hammock when I was 3. Amazingly Wendy owned a similar hammock. First we recreated my dad's pic and Wendy's husband Dan Doerner took pictures of me in the hammock on the roof of their Haight Ashbury apartment.
Then I gave Wendy pictures of the French village in "La Creuse" where "This Is Happiness" was born and the lyrics to my song.
And asked her, for the cover of the CD, to mix the picture with illustrations of the village and the themes in the song. Off to the races we were! Wendy had no idea how much work she was signing up for. We worked on the artwork for the whole CD for over 2 years!
Here is the initial sketch by Wendy Wright:
To see more of Wendy's beautiful work visit: http:///www.wendy-wright.com