Steve Sierigk

Originally from the metro NY area (southern Westchester County) I moved to upstate NY in the early 70’s to attend SUNY Binghamton with a focus on the biological sciences emphasizing Botany. In 1978 I moved to the Ithaca area to attend Cornell where I was enrolled as a graduate student in Entomology (fancy talk for one who studies bugs). I had taken many Scientific Illustration courses along the way. I made a portion of my living then by drawing detailed renditions of mosquito brains, moth genitalia and such.

At some point in the early 1980’s I cut my academic ties and became involved in trying my hand at farming and art. Although it was satisfying, the farming was just not paying the bills so I took my art more seriously. In this period before computer layout and design was common I made a living hand designing restaurant menus ( I am also a calligrapher), logos, wine and other food product labels. All along this time however I was developing a line of notecards and stationery products with my imagery. I called this fledgling company Acorn Designs.

As the 1980’s proceeded along my notecards were increasingly marketed across the country and became my primary business. By the late 1980’s I started inviting other artists to join in the Acorn line as I enjoyed the richness of the local art scene. Today Acorn has about 30 contributing artists from all parts of the country, but as I have the longest tenure with the company my designs are still a large part of the line. The common theme of all the artists is a respect for and a celebration of Nature.

I still enjoy being a contributing artist to our line and still even do some freelance work from time to time but my work at Acorn increasingly involves developing new products and working with other artists as well as getting the word out about us. It is always fun for me to put pen to paper as I am always amazed to see what the final product will be after spending an intensely focused period translating a 3-D image into pen or pencil work, attempting to capture some essence of a plant or creature. Enrapturing oneself into a piece of art and actively participating in it for hours, one seems to lose a sense of self and perhaps we do become a part of what we are drawing and develop a better understanding of the world.

Enjoy and appreciate the beauty around us!
www.acorndesigns.org

Products by Steve Sierigk

The following products include artwork and/or writing by Steve Sierigk. Most products are a collaboration of the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed to Acorn Designs over the years.

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Great Horned Owl Mini Journal

$6.50

Nearly two feet tall, the Great Horned Owl is our largest native owl. Males and females are similar in appearance although the female is slightly larger. Among the fiercest of avian hunters, this impressive bird of prey carries a sense of power and dignity. The Great Horned Owl is widely distributed throughout North America. From…

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Oak Leaves Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

Oak Leaves (Quercus alba) Oak trees are powerful and imposing in stature; even so, they are considered to be friendly to man. Oaks are an emblem of strength and hospitality (many doors are made of oak). In ancient times, the oak tree was widely revered and many cultures worshipped in oak forests. It was believed…

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Red Fox Notecard

Red Fox Journal

$20.00$21.00

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) The red fox is renowned among the members of the canine family. With keen eyesight, sharp hearing and a powerful sense of smell, the red fox is graced with a quiet and sometimes catlike stalk. Red foxes are nocturnal, using the cover of dusk, dark or dawn as well as their…

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Red Fox Notecard

Red Fox Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) The red fox is renowned among the members of the canine family. With keen eyesight, sharp hearing and a powerful sense of smell, the red fox is graced with a quiet and sometimes catlike stalk. Red foxes are nocturnal, using the cover of dusk, dark or dawn as well as their…

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Red Fox Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

The Red Fox is renowned among the members of the canine family. With keen eyesight, sharp hearing, and a powerful sense of smell, the red fox is graceful with a quiet and sometimes cat-like stalk. Red foxes are nocturnal, using the cover of dusk, dark, or dawn as well as their camouflage to remain hidden.…

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Notecard

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Journal

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Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) and Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) The wild columbine, occurring from Canada through Georgia, is a beautiful woodland flower often found growing precariously among rock crevices. Its red color helps attract ruby-throated hummingbirds, which feed on the large amount of nectar contained in the backward pointing spurs. As the darting acrobats flash from…

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Mini Journal

$6.50

Ruby-throated Hummingbird The wild columbine, occurring from Canada through Georgia, is a beautiful woodland flower often found growing precariously among rock crevices.  Its red color helps attract ruby-throated hummingbirds, which feed on the large amount of nectar contained in the backward pointing spurs.  As the darting acrobats flash from flower to flower, their bill and…

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Notecard

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Notecard

  Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) and Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) The wild columbine, occurring from Canada through Georgia, is a beautiful woodland flower often found growing precariously among rock crevices. Its red color helps attract ruby-throated hummingbirds, which feed on the large amount of nectar contained in the backward pointing spurs. As the darting acrobats flash…

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

The ruby-throated hummingbird is about 3 1/2 inches long and weighs but a fraction of an ounce: the male is slightly smaller than the female and has a brilliant, iridescent red throat. The dazzling coloration derives from feather structure rather than pigmentation, and is noticeable only at certain orientations. Hummers are delightfully quick and graceful.…

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Saw-Whet Owl Notecard

Saw-Whet Owl Journal

$20.00$21.00

Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) The Saw-Whet Owl is widely distributed throughout the northern parts of our continent. It resides in coniferous woodlands and is the smallest of the eastern owls, being only slightly larger than a sparrow. This well camouflaged, brown and buff bird is seldom seen as it spends the daylight hours roosting in…

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Saw-Whet Owl Mini Journal

$6.50

Saw-Whet Owl The Saw-Whet Owl is widely distributed throughout the northern parts of our continent.  It resides in coniferous woodlands and is the smallest of the eastern owls, being only slightly larger than a sparrow.  This well camouflaged, brown and buff bird is seldom seen as it spends the daylight hours roosting in dense foliage.…

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Saw-Whet Owl Notecard

Saw-Whet Owl Notecard

$3.00$12.00

Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) The Saw-Whet Owl is widely distributed throughout the northern parts of our continent. It resides in coniferous woodlands and is the smallest of the eastern owls, being only slightly larger than a sparrow. This well camouflaged, brown and buff bird is seldom seen as it spends the daylight hours roosting in…

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Saw-whet Owl Small Journal

$15.00$16.00

Saw-whet Owl  (Aegolius acadicus) The saw-whet owl is widely distributed throughout the northern parts of North America.  It resides in coniferous woodlands and is the smallest of the eastern owls, being only slightly larger than a sparrow. This owl has a diverse repertoire of calls, the most common being a mellow whistled note with a…

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White Oak Mini Journal

$6.50

Oaks (Quercus sp.)   Oak trees are powerful and imposing in stature; even so, they are considered to be friendly to man.   Oaks are an emblem of strength and hospitality (many doors are made of oak).  In ancient times, the oak tree was widely revered and many cultures worshipped in oak forests.  It was…

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White Pine Journal

White Pine Journal

$20.00$21.00

The Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)  is the tallest tree species that grows in the East – it grew to heights over 220 feet. For a building material it has no peers; it was so prized by early lumbermen that it became the only tree species, historically, that was the goal of exploration. The location…

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White Pine Mini Journal

$6.50

White Pine The Eastern White Pine is the tallest tree species that grows in the East…it grew to heights over 220 feet.  For a building material it has no peers; it was so prized by early lumbermen that it became the only tree species, historically, that was the goal of exploration.  The location of prime…

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