T w o D e c a d e s o f D e v e l o p i n g P a t t e r n s
S u r f a c e D e s i g n F i n e A r t A r t E d u c a t i o n
n o w r e s i d i n g i n M a r y l a n d , j u s t o u t s i d e t h e N a t i o n ' s C a p i t a l
( 2018 ) ' Kinetics '
Digitally Rendered for Wallpaper Design
( 2018 ) ' Inspired by Japan '
Digitally Rendered Pattern for Wallpaper
( 2017 ) Corel Draw ' In the Gardens of St. James Park, Central London '
( 2018 ) Corel Draw, Botanical Poster
( 2018 ) Corel Draw ' Spring is the Rebirth ''
( 2005 ) Corel Draw ' Hillwood Gardens Poster '
Limited Edition Prints
Hillwood is the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post in Northwest Washington D.C. , born in 1887 as an only child of Ella Merriweather and Charles William Post, who invented the coffee substitute Postum and instilled in his daughter a strong business acumen and a passion for collecting objects in her early teens. After the death of her mother and father in 1912 and 1914, respectively, Marjorie became a millionaire and at the age of 27 the sole heir to the Postum Cereal Company, which her father had founded.
Marjorie began seriously collecting French decorative arts in the 1920's, after her divorce from Edward Bennett Close in 1919 and her marriage to financier Edward F. Hutton, who transformed the family company into the General Foods Corporation. Russian Art was to become her lifelong passion while living in Moscow in 1937-38 with her third husband, Joseph E. Davies, the second U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. Upon their return to the U.S., Marjorie took a greater role in General Foods, serving on the Board of Directors for more than 22 years. In 1955 she divorced Davies and soon after purchased Hillwood, which is set in 13 acres of formal gardens, a particular passion of hers, and natural woods.
At Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post set out to expand and showcase her collection of art and objects for friends and the many charities and other organizations with which she was involved, including the Boy Scouts of America, the national symphony Orchestra, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. Known for her accomplishments in business, philanthropy, and diplomacy, and acknowledged as a distinguished collector, Mrs. Post died at Hillwood on September 12, 1973, leaving the estate as a museum for the education and enjoyment of future generations. I have designed a poster promoting Hillwood's Gardens, and I highly reccommend a visit to the estate if you ever visit the Nation's Capital.
(2016) Adobe Illustrator Poster
' Fresh Catch out on the Island '
( 2016 ) Corel Draw ' Homage to Laura Thyme '
Digitally Rendered Pattern
( 2016 ) Corel Draw ' Rodeo Drive '
Hand Rendered Repeat
( 2016 ) Corel Draw Pattern for Wallpaper
Inside the Conservatory
' Jewels on Fifty-Seventh & Fifth Avenue '
( 2016 ) Adobe Illustrator Pattern
' The Queen's Gardens at Buckingham Palace '
Adobe Illustrator Pattern ( 2015 )
Wallpaper and Fabric Print
( 2015 ) Adobe Illustrator ' The Waterlilly '
The Waterlilly is perennial aquatic, up to two meters long and grows in still waters, lakes, and ponds. The flower consists of four cepals and numerous petals, sometimes with more than forty of them. They grow in fresh water throughout most of Europe and are protected in many European countries but are on the decline in numbers, because water courses and bodies of water are being polluted by wastes and runoffs from fields. Waterrlillies are very sensitive to changes in the chemical composition of their aquatic habitat, and it is necessary to protect the cleanliness of the waters where they grow.
Corel Draw (2005) ' The Colors of Japan in Spring '
( 2005 ) Corel Draw ' My Tribute to Freer-Sackler '
Adobe Illustrator ( 2015 ) ' Rhododendrons '
" Homage to Martha Mintley"
(2015) Adobe Illustrator
Pattern for Fabric and Wallpaper
Digitally Rendered Floral for front cover of journal
( 2015 ) Adobe Illustrator
Corel Draw ( 2014 )
Pillowcase and bath towel pattern
Corel Draw ( 2015) ' Plants inside the Hothouse '
(2015) Adobe Illustrator , Botanical Tribute to Laura Thyme
Home Decor/ Tableware
( 2015 ) ' Monticello in Virginia '
Electronically Rendered in Repeat
Adobe Illustrator , Printed Bag for Gift Shop
( 2015 ) Ribbit !
Adobe Illustrator , Giftwrap / Tableware
Giftwrap ( 2013 ) Corel Draw Digital Print
Corel Draw ( 2013 )
Wallpaper, Giftwrap, Upholstery, Neckwear Design
(1990) Shibori Textile Dye Resist Piece
Michael Houliston is considered to be a Surface Designer as well as a
Fine Artist, and Art Instructor with a passion for traditional and digital design.
I am proud to showcase several years of my craft involving traditional Drawing & Composition, along with my Original Patterns that I continue to draw for print in stationery and designs geared towards Textiles. There are numerous images to explore here and I am gratified to display them on my website.
(2012), Adobe Illustrator
Wallpaper Concept for Bathroom Print
(2018), Adobe Illustrator
Untitled Botanical for Journal Cover
Adobe Illustrator (2012) Wallpaper Pattern
Corel Draw (2014), South Florida Bathroom Wallpaper
Original Pattern Creations & Surface Design
CAD- Adobe Illustrator Stationery Design for Wallpaper and Home Decor Products
The website profiles and showcases more than a decade of selected pieces that comprise a combination of Fine Art, Surface Design, Graphic Design, and Illustration. All works (but not limited to) that you see were executed between January of 2000 to present. There is a substantial body of work which was done prior to this period in the 1990's which was photographed and made into slide format. A lot of those will be converted over to digital format within the next month. As you explore my website, you will get a feeling for my versatility in two-dimensional design, my passion for both realistic subject matter, and the abstract within the Fine Art medium of Drawing, to the capabilities of rich surface design and my zeal for creating patterns in developing digital stationery for numerous consumer products to be marketed in print and fabric.
(2012) Pattern for Ceramic Tile Floor/Wall Covering