by Sharon Smith
It’s busy season for all the wild moms out there. With the greening of spring, the mothers of nature get to work preparing their young to thrive in this new-to-them world.
This tender space is where Charlotte artist Brett Blumenthal draws inspiration for her wildlife series on moms and babies. The birth of her own son nine years ago planted the seed. “My art career began because of him,” says Blumenthal, who owns Tiny Toes Design, an online collection of art, gifts and decor for all ages. When she couldn’t find nursery decor that she thought would appeal to both babies and adults, she created her own. “To see him enjoy it to this day means the world to me. His bedroom has become a rotating gallery of my art!”
Her works can also be seen throughout the pages of I Wish For You, a children’s book written by her husband, David Wax. The book marries Blumenthal’s serene wildlife art and landscapes to Wax’s uplifting message about being strong, confident and happy.
Blumenthal creates with mission in mind, too: She donates 10% of profits from Tiny Toes Design to wildlife conservation groups. And when a national publisher recently picked up I Wish For You, the couple worked with local nonprofits like Promising Pages to give away thousands of books they self-published to Charlotte children. SP
I Wish For You is set for release wherever books are sold on April 5, including online at tinytoesdesign.com.
Featured painting: Glacier National Park Landscape 2