I’m Thankful

For these people, places, and things for making this year a remarkable one!  THANK YOU, I am truly grateful.


Rats Nest

I’m a little sad not to be heading to the Midwest for Thanksgiving this year, but I do still intend on doing LOTS of cooking and spending the long weekend working (and eating leftovers) from the comfort of my studio.

Have a very HAPPY and SAFE Thanksgiving everyone!


Studio photo by Jason Rodgers for Sadie Magazine

Mini McMansion Bling

Along with countless other projects, Wes and I have been slowly working on expanding our small side business, THERSIC, which is still in the earliest stages of development.  We eventually hope to include all sorts of cool design, paper and home goodies, from artists around the world, along with one-of-a-kind refinished pieces.

Until we officially launch our site  (which may be a while), I thought I’d occasionally post a few teaser pieces on my blog.  This first piece comes from Dwelling–a line of rings we’re doing–and it’s the prototype for our over-sized, McMansion ring (complete with a microscopic-sized yard) done in sterling silver.

It’s big, it’s gaudy, it’s a mini-eyesore!


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Birthday + Engagement, Squared

Yesterday was my birthday, as well as my brother Justin’s (we’re not twins, I just like stealing attention away from him), and it was definitely a good one..  I got some work done, ate lots of Mexican food and was given the UGLY CAKE!


Birthday Cake Hall of Fame

The best part of the day though was that my bro announced that he and his long-time lady, Kelly, are gettin’ hitched!  I’m officially declaring 2010: Essenpreis Weddingpooloza!



We Illustrators Know How to Party

It’s one of my favorite days of the year..  the annual, the anticipated, the notorious American Illustration/ American Photography book release party!  Comparable to Christmas, it brings together some of my favorite creative people and everyone eats, drinks, and blabs without boundaries..  this party never disappoints!

I was so excited to have one of my best friends, Courtney Wotherspoon, in town from Toronto for the party..  Both books looked amazing this year, showcasing the most talented in the fields.  I am honored to be included in the book for my 5th year, with these two pieces seen HERE.


party party

For more info on the books or to enter, visit the AI-AP site HERE.

Down South

I spent the weekend in Georgia enjoying the weather and eating until I dropped!