Category Archives: Studio Snapshots

Fabric wall hanging on display

I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with family members on Easter weekend and see my “Improvisational Fabric Wall Hanging” on display in the space it was designed for. The work commemorates the 75th anniversary of the founding … Continue reading

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Illustrating in Amana

I always look forward to being part of the Art Iowa Workshops, and this year’s was a huge success. The workshops provide continuing education for educators in cooperation with Grant Wood AEA. My class this year had an emphasis on … Continue reading

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Contemplating our past

In these watercolors I tried to envision life around early trading posts in what is now Johnson County, Iowa. The paintings were commissioned to help publicize plans for Remembrance Park, a small area with prairie grasses and wildflowers south of … Continue reading

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Fabric wall hanging to celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas 75th

I’ve been working on an 8′ x 12′ fabric artwork as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ames, which I attended for many years and still stop by when I can. According to the church’s website, … Continue reading

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A mouse needs a house

I was showing friends some of my illustration work and caught the attention of Mary Pepper, well-known in Ames as a quiltmaker and former elementary school teacher. She had written a story for a children’s book that needed illustrations, and … Continue reading

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Words and pictures

Being an illustrator is very similar to being a writer — telling a story through images versus words. After painting the illustrations for Lucky’s Feet, I wanted to try telling a story of my own through both words and pictures. … Continue reading

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Tree of celebration

I love this little tree, I have my children’s baby shoes among the ornaments and “countdown” envelopes, and at the top is son Devin’s little blue cap he wore from the hospital. The only problem I had was buying more … Continue reading

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Remembering Ames Children’s Theater

I had the honor of creating this small sculpture to commemorate and celebrate Ames Children’s Theater, which recently wrapped up its illustrious 40-plus-year run. The program provided theater experience to area children, and presented plays and guest artist performances in … Continue reading

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Painting while dogsitting

Earlier this summer I spent some time dogsitting with my daughter’s beloved dogs Frank and Bella (both females), shown at right; then more recently with another daughter’s dog Olive, shown below. Olive is very affectionate and used to sitting on … Continue reading

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Wrapping up summer at Shalom

To round out the Watercolor Playgroup series with our August session, we started by making prints of our feet using washable tempera paint in flat pans. Lots of giggles doing this, but so fun! While the footprints were drying we … Continue reading

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