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Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian 

I live on a path well-traveled by whimsical creatures who visit Saint Paul. They come to my studio, sit for portraits, tell stories, and eat snacks. They always clamor for more exposure, and they appear in four books: Meet the LLLamas (their spelling), The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul, The New World of Cats: Max-the-Cat & his friends, and The Small Friends’ Chronicles. Each creature has his or her own story that appears on the back of their greeting cards and on the back of their prints.

Backyard Rooster Nine 2015
Backyard Rooster Nine
Mary Anna Musk Ox
Mary Anna Musk Ox
Green Paper Mosaic Parrot
Green Paper Mosaic Parrot

                                                                     

Red Headed Rooster One is part of a family of roosters and other creatures who came to life after I painted sheets and sheets of tiny abstract designs.
Red Headed Rooster One is part of a family of roosters and other creatures who came to life after I painted sheets and sheets of tiny abstract designs. BIG RED is a District Winner in the 2019 Saint Paul Art Crawl. He is very proud.
Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul, Cave Toucan
Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul: Cave Toucan. Watercolor on Tinted Gesso.

                                                                                                                      

William the First From the Clowder of Cats
William the First From the Clowder of Cats

Abstract Painter & Neighborhood Maker

My first art memory is as an obsessed finger painter who wanted to paint all over everything all of the time. My Mother gave me crayons. A life-long doodler, I finally found an outlet in what I later learned was called “abstract” painting. Even later, I realized that my abstracts stand for The Grand Metaphor: “Every piece looks better because of the pieces that surround it.” Each of my abstracts has a complicated back-story, which I am happy to share. My Superpower is that when asked to tell several of them, I will put you to sleep.

Conversations Connections 2015
Conversations Connections 2015
Big Neighborhoods 2: every piece looks better because of the pieces that surround it
Big Neighborhoods 2: every piece looks better because of the pieces that surround it

Rings #9: Every one is linked.
Rings #9: Every one is linked
Paper Mosaic Neighborhoods: Orange 1
Paper Mosaic Neighborhoods: Orange 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starry Nights: Lots of them

Mona Lisa Marble Cat
Mona Lisa Marble Cat is painted on canvas with acrylic ink.
Winter Starry Night is part of the Starry Night Collection that tips its hat to Van Gogh and long ago acid trips.
Winter Starry Night
starry Panda
Starry Panda is the SpokesPanda for the Starry Night creatures.

 

And more.

Oh my. I have thousands of images which I am currently (April 2020 2019) organizing and making accessible by way of a creature alphabet and an abstract matrix. Find more images on my Instagram feed and on my Facebook page. 

Contact me directly for information about specific pieces or commissions.