Illustrations for An Alphabet of Place: The Little Snake River Valley by Sharon Salisbury O’Toole

Sharon O’Toole, a Wyoming rancher, recently asked me to illustrate her book, An Alphabet of Place; the Little Snake River Valley. I ended up doing 30 ink drawings and designing the book. It was a lot of fun. It’s a very beautiful small volume and we’re both proud of it.

Book Cover

From the introduction

An Alphabet of Place: The Little Snake River Valley is a celebration of my home, a remote mountain valley northwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and southwest of Rawlins, Wyoming, along the Wyoming/Colorado state line. “Alphabet” was inspired by an essay in the Kenyon Review by writer Alison Townsend—“An Alphabet of Here: A Wisconsin Prairie Sampler.” I decided to create the ABCs of my valley. Each letter describes a critter, a plant, a place or historical characters (and characters they were!) at first generally, then more specifically and finally personally.”

Here are some of the illustrations. In the book, each of these ink drawings corresponds with a letter.

Published by Martha Kennedy

Martha Kennedy is a writer and a painter, though as a painter she uses her full name, Martha Ann Kennedy. You can learn all about her work on her blogs. She lives in a small town in the remote San Luis Valley of Colorado. For more than 30 years she taught writing at the college and university level in the San Diego area. She is a Colorado native.

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