Friday, June 2, 2017

Vector art

Lately as I find myself away from my studio and supplies for extended periods, I've been brushing up on my digital skills so I can make art anywhere. Here's a recent image that will appear on the cover of the September issue of Celebration. My inspiration was Psalm 63.

I've also discovered a printmaking studio, Runaway Press, here in Bellingham so I am hoping to continue to work in more traditional media as well. Nothing can replace the beauty of ink on actual paper, in my opinion.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Another Dorothy Day cover

My image of the mature Dorothy Day, originally created for a column in St. Anthony Messenger, gets a second life on the cover of this new edition of The Reckless Way of Love recently published by Plough. They did a great job with the book design.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cover art

St. Anthony Messenger picked up my image of Dorothy Day for their August 2016 cover.

Monday, April 18, 2016

More for the Year of Mercy

Completed this morning: "Comfort the Afflicted" from a series on the Works of Mercy for the University of Notre Dame.

Icon of the Seasons

I was asked to provide the seasonal panels for this icon which is the focal point of the Chapel of Christ the Healer at the new Mercy Health headquarters. I enjoyed the challenge of attempting something new (painting large) and the opportunity to collaborate with Schickel Design, who created this beautiful sacred space for the folks at Mercy. Martha Schickel Dorff designed the framework for this icon and carved the corpus.
Christmas season is shown above. There are five other sets of panels.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


I have been getting some interesting commissions during this Year of Mercy. This image, "The Least of These", was one of 16 illustrations I created for Blessed Are the Merciful: Stations to Celebrate God's Way of Mercy by David Haas. Check it out on Clear Faith Publishing's website.
What do you think of this new style? Different for me to be working in this softer manner with many more values to play with.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Francis and the wolf near Gubbio

Latest illustration for the monthly column on Pope Francis/St. Francis in St. Anthony Messenger magazine.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Oscar Romero

New portrait for upcoming Celebration cover. A true privilege for me to depict this martyr for justice in El Salvador.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pope Francis

Another recent work for the cover of Celebration.

Lovely surprise

Artist Ouida Touchon incorporated my woodcut print from the 2013 Tiger Lily calendar in the interior of her sweet treasure box assemblage.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's a long way from "a" to "b"

My illustration for the February 2014 Celebration cover is meant to convey the many layers of meaning in the scriptures available to homilists.

Though this illustration is unabashedly digital, I did start with sketching (as you can see). Then I cut the basic shapes out of plastic with a knife, also by hand. At that point I scanned them to my computer, added color and manipulated them in Photoshop.

It took me just as long to come up with little sketch "a" as to execute the final. I spent the better part of a day filling sheets and sheets of paper with dozens of these roughs. I chose three and shared them with the editor and the author. We agreed this concept had the most promise and best illustrated the themes of the cover article. Quite often coming up with a compelling idea is the hardest part.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New work

Lately things have picked up a little and I have been creating some new images. Here's one I did for the cover of an upcoming issue of Celebration. The theme was Pentecost as harvest. Hope. Abundance. Labor. Grace.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Farmers Market Logo

Lately I've been asked to create a number of logos. Though I normally don't get many jobs like this, I enjoy the challenge of working closely with the people involved to come up with just the right image to express their organization's identity. At right, the logo I designed for Northside Farmers Market.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Farm of the Child, Honduras

The letter below made my day. What else could I do besides send some art to Honduras?

Dear Julie,

My name is Erin, and I am currently a long-term volunteer with a Catholic children's home called the Farm of the Child in Honduras. I subscribe to Living with Christ (from Canada) and have been moved multiple times by your beautiful artwork on the cover. Today I decided to check out some of your other work on your blog and on the Trinity Stores website, and laughed when I realized that your work isn't unfamiliar to me at all - I graduated from Notre Dame in 2009, and worked twice as a mentor for the NDVision program, so I've been seeing your images of our models of faith on t-shirts and posters for years. I have also seen your illustrations on the LTP Year of Grace calendar, which some of my fellow volunteers had put in our some of the houses in our project earlier this year. I love your art, especially how inclusive it is, and how it invites creative, critical reflection on our faith and the gospel stories so many of your images depict. I sometimes have a difficult time entering into prayer with "traditional" Christian icons, but so many of your images really resonate with me, especially in light of my experiences accompanying the poor here in Honduras. Thank you!

I am currently in my second year of volunteer service to the Farm, and this year my work/ministry involves living with our young women in an apartment in the city of La Ceiba, where they work, study, and learn to (hopefully) become good, virtuous, loving people who are "productive members of Honduran society" (according to our mission statement.) My role is essentially that of house-mother - I serve as a sort of live-in-care-taker/social-worker/friend to them and try to accompany them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually in those sometimes-turbulent teenage years. I wanted to write to you to let you know, first of all, how much your work has touched me, and secondly, to ask if you might consider contributing to our project by sharing your art with us. When I moved into the apartment with the girls this year, it was a pretty "sterile" environment, and little by little I've been trying to make it feel more like our home and less like an institution. A key part of our work at the Farm is fostering the spiritual development of our children, and in addition to making our home a little more beautiful, I think your images would also foster good reflection and conversation with our kids.

For more information on the Farm, you can check out their website at

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Art in the Park

I decided to show my Northside prints at Northside Art in the Park June 18. First time to do something like that, so lots of prep: getting the vendor's license to pay sales tax, figuring out a support to hang my work from, getting a 10'x10' canopy, matting and wrapping prints, etc. Yesterday started out rainy with a strong possibility of thunderstorms during the day. I was worried my work would get ruined in the rain, that it would be miserable, that no one would come, etc.

Since I had invested so much in getting ready, I decided to go ahead. I'm so glad I did. I think the weather kept attendance on the low side, but still, I met lots of great people, many who were intrigued by these prints of a street in their neighborhood. Early on, a woman came by, pointed to the print above and exclaimed, "That's my chair!" To which I replied, "Then that must be you!" Unknown to her, I had created this image of her volunteer efforts in the DAR pocket park. She was so absorbed in her work I'm sure she didn't see me taking the reference photos. She explained that she always brought a small chair along because her knees were bad, so she sat in it to garden. I also found out she took care of that public space for many, many years. What a joy to meet her and connect. And she bought a copy of the print.

Another man, who grew up in the area, bought two prints of the area around his old home. Another couple bought one that reminded them of the urban gardening they do. Plus many others stopped by just to look and chat. All in all, a very good day and none of my art got wet!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New directions

During the past couple years, I've taken the opportunity to do more fine art (as opposed to illustration). Maybe it's the empty nest and a little more time and energy. More likely it's the dearth of illustration jobs. Anyway I've enjoyed these explorations very much. Nine of these recent works are now in a group show at Gallery Salveo through April. The opening is Thursday, February 17th from 5 - 7 pm at 3805 Edwards Rd., 5th floor. (Image copyright 2011 by Julie Lonneman.)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy new year!

I just saw the movie Julie and Julia last night and it's inspired me to start blogging again. Things have gotten quite slow in the illustation business in the last year so there hasn't been much to write about. However, Liturgy Training Publication's 2011 Year of Grace giant poster/calendar that I illustrated so long ago has finally been published. Actually it's been out since the beginning of Advent, when the liturgical year begins. It's exciting to have contributed to a project that is so widely used and appreciated. One of LTP's past calendars that I keep hanging on my studio wall was illustrated by Tommy di Paolo, an artist whose faith and artistry have always inspired me. The image above is the center portion of my calendar. You can see the entire calendar (and order one) here. My favorite portion is the shepherd, sheep and truck located in the lower left of the calendar. A scan from the orginal art is shown below.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Laetare Art Series

Each Lent, the Church of the Nativity in Cincinnati hosts the Laetare Art Series. This image of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman is one of the five works I will be contributing to the show. All were originally commissioned by the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia, for Lent 2009. I look forward to the opening this Saturday, March 13, especially to seeing the work by the other contributing artists Bill Feinberg, Fr. Jim Hasse, Nicholas Markell and Paula Wiggins. The Adagio Trio will perform with vocalist Teresa DeZarn Jackson. All are welcome; Please visit for additional information.

Monday, November 2, 2009

An Artist's Eye on Knowlton Street

I'll be hanging my show at NVision tonight, a series of two-color relief prints inspired by the street in Northside where my studio is located. I learned so much doing this project and I'm grateful to the City of Cincinnati Individual Artists Grant program for the funding. The show will run through December 6. The opening reception is on Friday, November 6, from 6 to 10 pm. Visit for location and hours. (Image copyright 2009 by Julie Lonneman)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Collective Ink

The two prints in the post below, plus two others from that series, will be featured in the show "Collective Ink", opening November 1, 2009, at Massillon Museum. The exhibition will focus on contemporary women printmakers producing art as part of four printmaking cooperatives in Ohio. The show runs until January 3, 2010. For more information and directions, visit If you are in the Massillon area, please drop in for the opening on Sunday, November 1, from 2 to 5 pm.