Thank you, Holly. Dan Radcliffe here. As Holly promised, the "History Of Holly Cow" or, as I like to think about it, how I created Holly Cow and her friends.
My wife Denise and I have a lot of country themed decorations in our home. Now, we have never actually lived on a farm, but we have always liked the comfortable feeling of country style decorations for the house. Cows have been a big part of that. Back when we lived in Goldsboro, North Carolina, these and other country-themed accessories were fairly easy to come by, so our house quickly filled with cows, pigs, chickens, and farm related decor. And of course, being the artsy type, I had to add my own designs to that mix.
One of the earliest decorations I painted for our home was a kitchen decoration on wood, featuring a country couple in their country kitchen. It has been featured on my Zazzle site and has become quite popular:
Of course, I needed more designs. Christmas themed designs seemed to be popular, so I thought I could make one work with Holly Cow. Here's an early design that, although cute in its own way, didn't "quite" work out the way I had hoped:
I used this card design to send out to friends and relatives when I first designed it.
The characters were beginning to develop personalities. The pigs became twin brothers, Oliver the duck became featured in more and more designs, but it was this design that caught the attention of my customers, and soon became a favorite:
I knew this was the one I wanted to use for my signature design. The quote has become the driving theme for my shop and my designs. I want all of my images to convey that same feeling of fun, friendly, inspirational, upbeat positive energy that I think comes through in this design. I hope when people visit my shop, they leave with those feelings.
Well, Holly Cow soon had a following. One of Holly's first (and still biggest!) fans, is the multi-talented Victoria Lynn Hall, artist, photographer, cat lover... She has told me Holly is her "role model". I hope Holly can continue to live up to such high praise. Here's one of her Christmas designs I especially like:
Another of Holly's biggest fans is the ever-snazzy Tricia-Rennea Wilson. Always a ray of sunshine, it would be difficult to find a sweeter soul. For your Holiday pleasure, here's one of her perfectly delightful designs:
This one simply makes me smile. Again, thank you for your continued support and friendship.
Another of Holly's fans is the versatile creative talent, Ruth Jamieson. From cross-stitch masterpieces, pottery, computer art, photography, this is a talented spirit and one I'm proud to call a friend. An example of her talent:
A long-time supporter of my work, I thank you for your encouragement and friendship.
There are simply far too many people to mention who have supported and befriended me and Holly Cow -- I wish I could list them all here, but I want all of you to know Holly and I appreciate all you do for us, your appreciation of Holly Cow, my designs, and of course your ongoing friendship.
As 2012 approaches, I plan to continue with new Holly Cow designs, of course, and look forward to your comments and continued support of Holly Cow's World. Thank you for reading and following! ~Dan~
Oh, and one more shameless Zazzle plug, the 2012 Holly Cow Calendar is out there for all of your Holly Cow calendar needs: ENJOY!