5″x7″ acrylic, 2012. This stuffed sloth was given to baby Phillipa (now two-and-a-half) by her father on his return to a trip from Costa Rica. He found it while visiting a rehabilitation center for real sloths, and figured she would either adore it or be terrified by it. It was love at first sight! Her mother Erynn tells me that before Phillipa could even speak, she would hold up three fingers, scrape them in the air, and growl as a sign she wanted her “Slothy.” Erynn has commissioned portraits of each of her three daughters’ favorite toys.