The Artist

Moth Monarch (Mary Capaldi) is an independent artist & designer creating original illustrations, merchandise, and projects for private and commercial clientele. Their keen interest in insects and animals inspires much of their work, from realistic and stylized natural forms to colorful, relatable cartoon characters. They also enjoy experimenting with the intersection of art and fashion using insect motifs and patterns in accessory and merchandise design.

As staff with Anthrocon, Inc., Moth Monarch has created large format illustrated signage and unique animal characters to represent over a dozen partner hotels and organizations including Westin, Doubletree, Courtyard by Marriott, and Visit Pittsburgh. They have also done projects for Purdue University and Penn State University in addition to working with thousands of private clients to bring their visions and characters to life.

Accolades & Articles

Guest of Honor at Furnal Equinox 2019

🏅 Anthrocon Artist Medal of Recognition 2018

🏅 Midwest Furfest 2017 Director's Choice for
"Flower Crown I," ink and watercolor

🏅 Midwest Furfest 2014 Staff Pick for
"Snow Angel," ink and watercolor

📰 Making a difference with science-based art,
March 2017

📰 Brandywine alumna applies her English degree to a career in the arts, November 2016

📰 Anthrocon 2016 and the Friends Of Anthrocon project!, July 2016

Commissions & Client Work

Moth Monarch is next available for client work in March/April 2019. More information on common commission types, pricing, and other details will be made available here at that time. Please direct any inquires in the meantime to the artist via email in the bar to the right.

Portfolio & Galleries


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Upcoming Events

ANE 2019

Furnal Equinox 2019
GOH! Dealer, Art Show

BLFC 2019
Dealer, Art Show

Anthrocon 2019
Dealer, Art Show

Midwest Furfest 2019

Full Schedule & History