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At the Zoo

David's family and me at Chahinkapa ParkLast week I met my artist friend Grace  at the Chahinkipa Zoo in Wahpeton to paint animals. We painted and sketched kangaroos, bears, and snow leopards, but our favorites were the gibbons- they are entertaining monkeys! It’s fun to laugh and paint at the same time! I met a family who now lives in North Carolina and they loved my grizzly bear study so I gifted them with it in exchange for their permission to show this photo online. Thanks to David and his family!



Grizzly Bear StudyKanga   Little Gibbon





Murals Installed at the Fargo Country Club

Three 4’x8′ murals were recently installed on the north wall of the Pro Shop at the Fargo Country Club in South Fargo. This was a gratifying project for me because it combined my loves of art and golf. These are exterior paintings and will be displayed year-round except when the wall space is needed for tournament scoresheets. I hope those of you who live in the area can stop by to view the paintings and perhaps, inquire about membership at this beautiful country club with a challenging golf course which runs along the Red River.

Maple on #2 Final

May Morning on #4 final

View from Jail final














Combining my loves of nature, art, golf, and teaching

Hawkeye The past month and a half has been an amazing time starting with a visit to Grassy Butte, ND filled with wonderful friendship and hiking in Theodore Roosevelt Park….I took hundreds of photos of bison and birds, such as the red-tailed hawk on the left, and have enough material to last me a few months! I rode in a hot air balloon over the Badlands and took a few more hundred photos. In early October, I had a wonderful and successful Studio Crawl and met so many new friends! The icing on the cake happened last week when I went to the golf destination spot named Streamsong, Florida to teach art lessons to corporate types and their spouses. They were there for a Board retreat and art lessons were a part of the many activities they could select. I was so blessed to work with these fabulous people! I also got to play two rounds of golf there, as the company, Mosaic, owns the golf resort and its thousands of acres of reclaimed mining lands in central Florida. The Mosaic people are exceptional people-so appreciative and willing to learn about sketching and watercolor. The food was amazing, too, and I became a big fan of Chef Mike…so much that I asked him if I could be a , “Mouse in the corner”, and take photos of him and his staff as they prepared for their third banquet that week…he welcomed me and I spent an hour in the kitchen, observing and photographing  the “plating” process…I was floored by the stunning focus shown by the three chefs and three cooks…I will most likely be doing a “Chef Mike” series, as I loved watching his team work like a well-oiled machine…there was no yelling or pressuring one another…it was so quiet this mouse had to be careful not to squeak and distract them. So, the painting continues…….Tomorrow  I go to Wahpeton to teach basic watercolor mixing, sketching, and then on Wednesday, I will teach an all day workshop in Mixed Media collage through the Red Door Art Gallery. If you want to get in to one of these classes, it is not too late! Call the Red Door Art Gallery at 701) 591-1010 or email me on my website and I will make sure I save a spot for you! Bison Magnificence Face of the Mighty Bison