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About Strong Odors

Sometimes it is sweet, sometimes startling, sometimes it just stinks…

But it isn’t really about “good” or “bad.” it is about experiencing life—from the aroma of an apple pie wafting over from grandma’s windowsill to the unbearable stench of an angry Tazmanian devil…

Strong odors make life life.

About Troy DeShano

I am a Michigan native currently enjoying the delightful smell of summer wafting in from the window of my northwoods home. When I’m not attempting to help my daughter with “new” math (hopeless) or beat my son in MarioKart (also hopeless) or cooking dinner for my other third child (not quite as hopeless) I like to sit down and watch TV with this super-rad lady whom I met by fate in 1996 and married by luck in 1999.

Besides my work at Strong Odors, I’m lucky to be involved a several other projects, including co-creator and writer for Old & New Project.


There are plenty of illustrations around Strong Odors, including my favorites in the Portfolio.

Currently I’m looking for new editorial and publishing clients. I’d love to do illustrations for your book, magazine or advertising. Please contact me today!


Let me know if you need copy writing, editorial work on issues of faith and culture, or short story narrative. Currently I’ve been re-writing biblical stories for Old & New Project.


I am also available to speak at your design, art or faith-based event. My topics include creativity, faith, suffering and how the intersection of them all can be the most potent experiences of life. Please contact me for speaking references.

Thanks for visiting! Please follow over on The Facebook and Twitter too.

My Artwork

Much of the artwork on Strong Odors is available as limited edition prints in the Strong Odors Etsy shop and all the  prints, t-shirts and iPhone cases in my Society6 shop are really cool.

Right now you can also see my work in Traverse City at Seed Studio Gallery and Traverse City Art & Design Studio; and Paper Hat Gallery in Minneapolis. I’m currently looking for hip galleries in Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit—please let me know if you’re interested in my work!

Other Projects

Old & New Project is a collaborative biblical graphic art project created by me and Jim LePage. We’re gathering respected and gifted international designers, illustrators and artists to create fresh new visual interpretations of these ancient texts. It’s kind of like a Bible story book for adults with world-class illustrations throughout and absolutely no holds barred.

Traverse City Maker’s Market was started by my good friend Kelly Nogoski, and the following year she and I joined forces to co-coordinate and run the event. TCMM is northern Michigan coolest indie arts & crafts fair, and along with an annual event featuring artists from around Michigan, we participate in periodic smaller community arts events.