TREE + LEAF

ADVENTURE MORE

OKIEDUST

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It’s almost been a year since I closed the store. When I locked the doors and handed the keys back to the landlord, I figured there would be a season of rest while I figured out my next steps. I thought that I would need to build up clientele before my work as a full time artist was consistent. Unlike my expectations, I have been busier than ever with painting gigs and design work. This year has been my most productive year ever for my art. I have been very blessed with great clients and incredible projects.

As I continued to utilize the same social media accounts, I realized that the name ‘Tree & Leaf’ was no longer identifying myself or my work. I am no longer printing t-shirts for the brand. As I turn the page to begin another chapter of life, it is time to rebrand and start anew.

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All that being said, I’m in the process of fully rebranding. I’d love for you to check out my new website and portfolio; www.okiedust.com. I will eventually have a little merch there, but it is primarily an ever-changing portfolio of work.

Thank you for your support over the years. Tree & Leaf was the launchpad that helped develop my skills as a businessman and artist. I look forward to working with you soon.

OSU Legacy

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My grandad, Dick Gilpin, was an illustrator in Oklahoma city from 1952 to 1989. One of his notable clients was Oklahoma State University. He was contracted to illustrate numerous football programs, advertisements, book covers, etc. I don’t have a ton of his work, but I’ve done my best to catalog his work here.

I made a recent connection with Oklahoma State University and we brainstormed a print project that kinda fell through. My father, Greg Gilpin, and I jointly created an illustration in the likeness of my grandfathers football program style. This is a project that although didn’t go to print, I am very proud of. I think this is as close to a Dick Gilpin illustration you could get on this side of Heaven.

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Here are a few examples of the incredible work my grandad did for OSU Football games:

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State Fair Mural Demo 2018

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Another GREAT year painting at the State Fair is in the books! Nancy Nortz and the crew at the State Fair are wonderful hosts and we are already planning on making the event BIGGER and BETTER for next year!

Big thanks to all the participating artists! Here are photos of all the finished panels (in alphabetical order.) Click on the artists’ name to visit their instagram page and see more of their work!

ASHLEY DAWN

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RUHEK

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SEAPO

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TRUDUST

I decided to try something new this year. It didn’t come out 100%, but I definitely learned a few things, so that’s a win. I love insects and entomology, always have since I was a little kid. I thought it would be fun to try to paint one of those adorable little jumping spiders that frequent our house and eat the flies in the windowsill…

I’ve never tried to paint something dimensional and ‘realistic’ with spray paint, so this was a fun experiment. Happy with the turnout, looking forward to the next time I can try something like this again.

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All in all, great fun! Big thanks to the State Fair, Nancy Nortz, and all participating artists! We’ll see you next year!