LIFE * TRUTH * LOVE designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.


“O Tiger’s heart wrapp’d in a woman’s body.” King Henry IV, Part III: York’s monologue: words by William Shakespeare, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Meet “my cat”…

August 8, 2016

Meet my three-legged cat that has a whimsy that may not be appreciated by all, but to me is lovable. To me this quote speaks to posterity of an essential truth: that each generation has values that are dear, and each generation must define and fight for their truths.


“I will need someone to feed my cat when I leave this world, Though my cat is not ordinary. She only has three paws: fire, air, water.” Words by 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, image by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

More from Dante…

August 4, 2016


Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) “Puro e disposta a salire alle stella=Pure and disposed to mount unto the stars.” Purgatorio, canto 33, 1, 145. Creature of Celtic design, by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Norma (1831) composed by Vincenzo Belini (1801-1835) and based upon the libretto by Felice Romani (1788-1865) tells the epic story of a Druid priestess who breaks her vows and bears two children of a Roman soldier only to discover he has fallen in love with a younger woman. This quintessential bel canto opera was one of the first to be performed in Gold Rush San Francisco.


Design featuring Celtic motifs from the “Book of Kells” by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

one word at at time

July 6, 2016


“one word at a time. i believe i believe that all the people should stop their fight i believe that one should blow a whistle or sing or play on the lute” Words by Robert Lax (1915-2000) from “In the Beginning was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax,” edited with an introduction by S. T. Georgiou (2015), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

“one word at at time” Notecard

This drawing below comes from 2014, when a neighbor asked me to draw a picture for her granddaughters to celebrate Purim, the annual feast in memory of their deliverance from when Haman commenced his campaign against the Jews. Esther remains a role model for someone who used only logic/rhetoric to convince her husband, the king, to save her people. Esther speaks not only to women but to marginalized oppressed groups caught in an intersectional exile.


Esther drawn for Ruth by Meredith Eliassen in 2014. When I look into her eyes, I see my mother.


For those of you taking a long weekend off… I am jealous, but fear not, I find liberty at my drawing board even if I find myself bound up in Celtic knots at the moment.


LIBERTY drawn in red Celtic letters, inspired by the “Book of Kells,” by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Hope defined

June 29, 2016


Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 1:11) Hope. To have trust and understanding. Drawing by Meredith Eliassen, spring 2016.

More Shakespeare…

June 28, 2016


“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Words by William Shakespeare in Hamlet, act 2, scene 2, design inspired by the Tragic Comic Masks in the Hadrian’s Villa mosaic drawn by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Celtic Owl

June 27, 2016


Celtic owl sits on his branch, contemplating the world. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Celtic Owl Notecard