Rijalynne began her career by creating large scaled murals and 3 dimensional displays for a local company. While working both residentially and commercially, painting murals and faux finishes, it wasn’t long before she began as a freelance illustrator, producing illustrations for high profile clients all across the United States. Some of her works include the 2001 Llewellyn Astrological Calendar and recently illustrating The Riches Of Rangoberra (Raven Tree Press).
Rijalynne has over fifteen years experience designing and producing both commercial and residential faux finishes, murals, trompe l’oeil, and portraits.
I had seen Rijalynne’s work and believed her artistic talent was a great match for the cover art. Fortunately, she was able to devote enough of her free time to complete the project. After discussing the contents of the book and my ideas about the cover art, Rijalynne got to work.
The Cover -- Concept to Final Artwork
I wanted the cover art to tell the story of the book. The book is about the vision of our health care system I developed as I transitioned from centuries old paper medical records through administration of health care to the electronic age. The first design concepts we discussed depicted the old, paper and memory bound past on the left. A robotic figure on the right would point the way to the electronic computerized future. Originally, some version of the Honda Asimo robot or one of the cyborg characters from Star Trek for the right side was suggested to Rijalynne. I wanted the way forward to look like an enhanced Six Million Dollar Man. I asked her to consider incorporation of a version of Janus, the Roman god of gates, doorways, beginnings and endings. This theme fit the book very well considering both the transition from old to new and the gate keeper concepts presented in the book. For inspiration I referred her to images of Janus and these cyborg robots.