Yes. It's holiday break and I should spend more time with my family.
If anyone would like to start from where I left off, I can hand over the Gimp project files (or export them for Photoshop)
IGTHORN has a great suggestion. I found a good and willing concept artist for my project from deviantart.com. Here is an awesome artist who I think might be good for your game to jump start your search (note, not the same concept artist guy I had... this one does a lot of pixel art and 2D game-style stuff):http://b0073d.deviantart.com/
You should also checkout teh ASESPRITE group:http://aseprite.deviantart.com/