Inspiration: Album Art

I love album covers. I love a minimalist cover (White Album by The Beatles, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures), I love a busier cover (In a Tidal Wave of Mystery by Capital Cities, Led Zeppelin’s III), and all the wonderful weirdness in-between or beyond (Father John Misty or Grimes).

In my mind, album covers are essential. They set the stage. The album covers I grew up with stayed with me. As a child, I was terrified of the Motley Crue album Dr. Feelgood with the snake wrapped dagger in a sea-green tiled bathroom, and I can picture it today without having to Google it. Nevertheless, I loved Nirvana’s album art for In Utero. The winged anatomical manikin was heavenly and human, light and dark. I was drawn to it as a child, and it continues to be one of my favorites.

Although my high school days of copying album covers for fun are over, album art lingers in the back of my mind as inspiration. Often it is more about the use of color, the juxtaposition of text and image, or the overall feel/tone.

Neon Trees
Neon Trees. Everybody Talks.
Heart Shaped Glasses. Ink. 2017.
Best Coast
Best Coast. Crazy for You.
Head Above Water (Detail). Watercolor, Gouache, and Paper. 2018.

While album covers influence my work, really it is the music that is essential. Occasionally I enjoy the quiet, the rain fall, or birds singing, but most days I will have music on in the background that fits where I am in the moment, or where I want to go. Below are some of the songs I have cycling through my playlists currently. Enjoy!


Lady Dame