Avril Knows started out as a portrait of a little girl.  The portrait was part of a larger series of paintings, “The Kids of the Semerian Kingdom.”  That series of 8 large paintings were designed to be related, while each portrait stands on its own as a painting.  I designed the portrait of Avril to meet three requirements:

1.Reflect what I knew about the subject and what I wanted to say in her representation.

2.Fit in seamlessly with the other 7 paintings in the series.

3.Match the modern aesthetic in the home of the subject.

Once the portrait was done and I was explaining the meaning of the symbolism to Avril & her family, it became apparent to me that there were no positive mainstream messages for children like this.  You see, Avril has a severe nut allergy.  Now looking at this painting you might not see how we are talking about a nut allergy or how it has affected Avril’s personality and what her potential might be as a result, do you?  Well, that is the story of Avril Knows.  The book provides a positive message to kids like Avril who can walk away thinking they just might have a superpower in exchange for learning to deal with some of their medical challenges.   The book has debuted to many 5-star reviews on Amazon.com.  You can order the book here now: Buy Now.

Finally, it is important to note that the book was a collaborative effort—the illustrations were completed by my talented daughter, Savannah Lund.  You can see more of her work here (http://savannahlund.weebly.com/).  All of the photographs we had to take of my painting for use within the book were taken by the talented photographer Daniele Derenzi.  You can view more of her work here (http://www.danielephotography.com/).  We got a lot of great press around the book release, so please check out some of the great stories and reviews in our press box here.

 

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