As a Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian, my living room studio is a busy gathering space for whimsical creatures. On a path and flyway, it is a first-stop in Saint Paul for LLLamas, Peter Pangolin, hippos, rabbits, zebras, and more. Max-the-Cat — Model, Muse and Snacks Manager — welcomes our guests, serving Whimsy Breakfast to all. Lucky for me, because he knows what LLLamas, Lobsters, and Lions eat. I don’t.
My studio is also a gathering point for Environmental Activist Creatures With Antlers, who are taking a stand against climate change and habitat destruction. Their portraits, taken from a bird’s eye view, show their diversity. It takes a conversation with some of them to show their anger and distress.
The Chinese Horses
When the Terra Cotta Warriors visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, no photos were permitted. There was, however, a bronze horse outside the exhibit. I took its photo and made a group of paintings. Prints are available at ETSY for $30 plus shipping. I hung the originals in a show in the farthest corner of the space from the front door. While I couldn’t see the individual pieces in “Puzzle Pieces Horse” or the individual painted stained glass pieces in “Painted Stained Glass Horse,” each was graphically unambiguously a horse from a very long way away. It made me smile.
The LLLamas (with 3 Ls)
My friends were opening a business called Technolama, and asked me for a logo. “A llama with his head sticking out of a laptop,” I said. Thus were born the LLLamas. They began as a series of pencil drawings. My friends picked one, and I painted out 24. They picked on to be the Technoloama, and the rest stomped around my studio (metaphorically) for three years. When two dozen LLLamas are stomping, snacking, and saying “We have three Ls in our name. And where is our book?” The correct response is “You bet! I’ll get right on it.”