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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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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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My personal interptetation of the passenger pigeon


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Sketch # 10 2nd attempt passenger pigeon. Better.


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New Work

I am currently working  on a new piece I am calling Bird Journal.  I found an old type set drawer at an antique store and a book about old houses at the library book sale and went from there.  I could go into how this work is a commentary on the destruction of habitat for migratory songbirds.  But I usually like my works to speak for themselves, and  let the viewer get what they need out of it.  It’s not finished, but I think it is probably close.


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Top 10 birds

I thought for fun this year I would also list my top 10 birds for the year. I ended the year with 108 (different) birds, bring my life list total up to 131.

Top 10 Birds of 2013

1.Royal Tern- We saw these in Florida.  They always face into the wind.  And that’s cool.

2.Dark Eyed Junco- I put a feeder in the backyard this year, and (in conjunction with the neighbor’s large pine trees) have been enjoying a cold weather visit from these cute little birds.

3. Bufflehead- Jack and I spent a day in early spring birding at Rock Cut State Park and found buffleheads on the lake.  How can you not like something called a bufflehead?

4. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher- Of the small birds, these are my favorite.  I spent a pleasant (but short) time watching them make a nest this year.

5. Ruby Crowned Kinglet- I started volunteering this year as a net checker at the bird banding station near our house.  This was the first bird I removed on my own from the net.

6. American Coot-  Funniest.  Bird.  Ever.

7.  Palm Warbler-  I had never even heard of this warbler until I saw one at the bird banding station.  And then I saw them everywhere.  I especially like their little reddish caps.

8. Osprey- I was very excited to see this bird of prey hanging out for a while in Rock Cut State Park

9.Ovenbird- So named because it builds a small kiln shaped nest on the ground.  Also.  Cutest.  Bird.  Ever.

10. And lastly Mountain Bluebird-  We saw these birds on our trip to Colorado this summer. They hung out in our campsite.  They were beautiful.

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