Artist: Julie deBoer Dimensions: 40cm x 33cm Piece Count: 540
Julie is known for her use of bold color and sharp contrast in her prairie and foothills inspired art. It was her dynamic skies that drew me to her work and ultimately led to a local artist collaboration. After sharing a few HDR photos for inspiration Julie was able to meld the bold fluidity depicted in her cloud-filled skies, into the earth-bound landscapes seen in typical Alberta Badlands morphology.
Beyond the creation of a stunning art piece, our goal was to provide a backdrop for a dinosaur-themed puzzle. The experience of solving a StumpCraft jigsaw puzzle is very much akin to that of a paleontologist. Enjoy sifting through the dinosaur bones and see how many species you can recognize and discover!
Artist: Katerina Mertikas Dimensions: 41cm x 27cm Piece Count: 424
Given our Canadian roots, it seemed only right to have a winter sports and hockey themed puzzle within the StumpCraft portfolio! When Katerina contacted me last year, I thought Another Goal would be a perfect fit.
Katerina is a self-taught artist based out of Ottawa. Her clear passion for family and children shine through in her colourful and vibrant "naive" expressionist art. Her work has been featured regularly on cards, calendars and stamps for Unicef & the Canadian Lung Association and her originals can be found in many galleries across the country.
Puzzle piece design for Another Goal was focussed on outdoor winter activities, particularly hockey and skating. You will find several multi-piece whimsies including many hockey players and a zamboni. The multi-piece whimsy designs make the whimsies fairly stealthy and the puzzle quite challenging - only the keenest eye will find them all. He shoots, he scores!
Artist: Sam Millard Dimensions: 20cm x 30cm Piece Count: 122
After meeting Sam at the 2018 Art & Craft Market in Calgary, we agreed to work together on a smallish, budget-friendly "snack" or "teaser" puzzle that would appeal to kids of all ages. The result is a fun, quick diversion that highlights the hidden geometry and animals that often populate Sam's eye-catching abstract landscapes. You'll have fun finding many hidden creatures in the puzzle and the art!
Sam works from her home studio in Kimberley, BC. To see more of Sam's art, make sure you visit her website at How Original Art.
Artist: Steve Driscoll Dimensions: 37cm x 30cm Piece Count: 390
Steve's amazingly beautiful aurora borealis serves as inspiration for this constellation, night sky and space object themed puzzle. The stars and constellations one would typically see around Algonquin Park in November act as the backbone to the pattern of whimsies woven into the puzzle. Hobbyist astronomers may have a distinct advantage in solving this puzzle!