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Great Blue Heron-

great blue heron

Illustration of a Great Blue Heron made with sharpie and prismacolor markers.

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Mother’s Day Hike

Today we hiked at Devil’s Lake State Park near Baraboo, Wisconsin.  Partly because it was mother’s day and my family knows I like to hike.  But also because I received a new lens for my camera and wanted to try it out.  I am still figuring out the focus, but I took a few decent photos of the family.

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Spring in Illinois

The flowers are out in full forest in Illinois forests in April and May.  Most of these ephemeral beauties won’t last long though.   I take a hike (almost) every day to see who has shown up and who has gone away.

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Less than 24 hours to go

There are less than 24 hours to go on my Kickstarter campaign.  I cannot express how amazing it is that so many people responded to my project.  In less than 2 months I’ll be making art in Italy for some very awesome people.  I thoroughly enjoyed my Kickstarter experience and would recommend it to anyone with a project and a plan.


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5 Days Left on My Kickstarter Project

Only 5 more days to join my Kickstarter project and receive original fine art made in and maybe even sent from Italy.

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Tree Illustrations

I have been working on a few small drawings of trees over the past couple of months.  I am really enjoying working in a new medium, and recently invested some time and money in a decent amount of Prismacolor markers.  I make the outline of the subject and then color it in.  So basically, I make my own coloring pages.

There are still a few days left to donate to my kickstarter project and receive original, one of a kind art for only $5.   Artist Residency in Italy at Kickstarter.   See link in previous post!


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Artist Residency in Italy

I have been accepted to an artist residency in Italy this summer.  I am very excited to be going to Casaprota, Italy outside of Rome in the Sabine Hills area for the month of June.  While I am there I will hike and sketch the local flora and fauna as well as explore Italian folklore.  I will also be painting for an end of residency show.

I have created a Kickstarter project to raise money for art supplies for the trip.  Even a donation as low as $5 receives an original, one of a kind work of art.  Please consider donating today.  Just follow the link below to my Kickstarter project.


If you want to find out more about the art association Sabinarti where I will be staying for the month of June, follow this link.

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Time to Clean Out the Studio

I have some art work for sale.  If you live in the area, we can arrange pick up or delivery.  If you live out of the area, shipping will need to be added to the price. Description and price are below the pictures.  sizes are approximate.


Fox Under Tree 13″ X 16″ black frame with white mat, paper and ink $50


Rabbit Under Tree 13″ X 16″ black frame with white mat, paper and ink $50


Garbage Rooster 12″ X 15 ” dark brown frame with white mat, made from items taken from the recycle bin $25


Gray Chicken 12″X 10″ black frame with white mat, paper and acrylic $25


Black Chicken 12″ X 10″ dark brown frame with white mat, paper and acrylic $25


Black and White Chicken 12″ X 10″ black frame with white mat, paper and acrylic $25


White Chicken 10″ X 12″ dark brown frame with white mat, paper and acrylic $25


Milk Snake 19″ X 15 ” black frame, acrylic $100


How the Coot Got Red Eyes 19″ X 15″ black frame, acrylic $100


The Generous Rabbit 12″ X 9″ unframed  acrylic on masonite panel $25


Bird Tree in Blues 11″ X 14″ unframed acrylic and paper on masonite panel $25


Bees in the Garden 20″ X 16″ paper and acrylic on unframed canvas $50

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New Paintings-Finally



I will be showing new work at Gallery 317 for Rockford First Fridays in February.

Friday February 6th, 2015 will be a great night to hang out in downtown Rockford.  Eat local and shop local!  If you can’t make it Friday, my work will be up through the rest of the month.

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New cards


Finally had some nice business cards made up.  Now when people ask me what I “do”.  I can hand them a card and pretend to be a successful artist.

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