Category Archives: Studio Snapshots

Autumn workshop at the Prairie

Friday, October 14, 2022, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Join us for my workshop Imagination Unbinds Hope, at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat near Wheatland, Iowa! We will be painting intuitively, finding shapes in clouds and our imaginations, finding our voice. This … Continue reading

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Sunday conversations

I’ll have this new painting, “Sunday Conversations,” at the Octagon Art Festival this Sunday (September 25, 2022, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) along with other original watercolors, prints (including my illustrations of “Rufus Rutabaga Flicktail Finds His House”), and cards (including ones from my Improvisational … Continue reading

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IWS Annual Meeting and exhibition

Update: I’m especially honored to have my painting included in the Traveling Show! Keep an eye on that page of the IWS website for when they post the 2022 – 2023 schedule and preview. Original post: I’m honored to have one of … Continue reading

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Remembrance Park dedication

The vision of Remembrance Park is becoming reality! The Remembrance Park – Johnson County website has information on two special events planned to mark the opening of this “Wildflower Park to Contemplate the Origins of Johnson County, Iowa” (described in … Continue reading

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Scenes in the Easter drama

Scenes in my improvisational fabric wall hanging tell the story of Easter, following a path from bottom to top. Just like a painting, this artwork required planning, and especially so because of its size and complexity. I started with sketches … Continue reading

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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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