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June 21, 2017
Limerick Comics

The LimerickComics.com web site is now live! Limerick Comics is a 48 page children's book featuring original limericks presented in a comic book format with six panels per page.

A limerick is a humorous verse of five lines, three long and two short, rhyming aabba. The sixth panel of each page in this book is a supplemental paragraph of factual background information related to the subject matter in that limerick.

The 42 Limericks have been written, edited and revised and the Author is now accepting inquiries from publishers.

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May 11, 2017
Grandpa Telling Adventure Stories
Another children's illustration. A young boy and his friend are entertained by grandpa's stories of adventures he experienced during his long lifetime.

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April 03, 2017
New Work
I have lots of new work up around the site so if you haven't been here in a while take a look around. In the 17 years I have had this domain no one has yet been motivated to "donate". In case you were just about to avail yourself of that opportunity, the link has been moved to:
More > Links > Donate to the Artist - here

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February 02, 2017
Firstgarten!

Firstgarten!, the most recent picture book I illustrated, is available now. It is the story of a young boy who would rather stay in kindergarten than move on to first grade, written by educator Carliss Maddox. You can read a more detailed description and get your own copy here.

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January 21, 2017
Loot & Ravage the Environment? Let the Party Begin!
What will the new administrations position be on green energy and what effect will their policies have on the environment?

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December 02, 2016
The Fierce Investment Group
A recent corporate illustration extolling the wisdom of investing wisely.

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November 16, 2016
Money Hunt
Editorial piece illustrating the unfortunate situation of needing to take money from that trophy retirement savings plan.

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August 30, 2016
The Zoo of Impossible Animals
Author Rob Crisell's first novel for middle schoolers "The Zoo of Impossible Animals" is out. This is a really fun adventure story. You can read a more detailed description and get your own copy here.

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August 01, 2016
Tulvia Lane Web Site
Author Nakeshia Nickerson has an informative new web site for the Tulvia Lane series. Check it out for information on the characters, upcoming events and forthcoming books and products! TulviaLane.com

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July 10, 2016
Limericks for Kids
I created these three illustrations to accompany author Robert Hoyman's submission of his children's book of limericks to select publishers. This collection of limericks is a lot of fun and each limerick features an additional informational panel that is a great educational bonus for kids.

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April 27, 2016
Clash of Values
Spring is here. It's time to get out, tidy up the yard and prepare for those outdoor activities!

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February 20, 2016
Ancient Technology Revealed

Modern technology has recently revealed surprisingly advanced ancient technologies!

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February 18, 2016
Dogtology Comes out on Top!
Dogtology is currently the #1 Amazon Best Seller in two categories!

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February 08, 2016
Listen Like a Dog

I created 13 interior chapter opener illustrations for Jeff Lazarus' latest book "Listen Like a Dog". This book takes a serious look at the art of listening with humorous analogies throughout demonstrating how humans can learn to be better listeners using dogs as examples.

Buy from HCI Books or Amazon

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February 04, 2016
Temporarily Hindered by Unseen Forces
Another watercolor piece I have just completed.

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January 19, 2016
Loosey-Goosey Baseball
The latest children's picture book I illustrated co-written by former MLB pitcher Steve Trout and Marlene Matthias is now available here. This fun story has baseball tips woven throughout and an important message for parents.

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January 15, 2016
Horror Art
I've always has an affinity for the macabre.This is an acrylic painting I started years ago and recently rediscovered as I was culling older pieces. A little reworking and here it is.

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December 24, 2015
Watercolor Art
Wow, I look away for a minute and it's four months later! I have recently completed two large projects that will be available soon. I will be posting more information, links and images in the near future.

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August 27, 2015
The Dog Days of Summer
This has been the hottest summer on record here and it's still going strong. The thick haze from regional forest fires reminds me of growing up in LA in the heyday of leaded gasoline and minimal concern for air quality. Living 300+ miles from the coast leaves cooling seaside breezes only a distant memory.

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June 27, 2015
Book Illustration
I recently created this illustration for a quirky little story in a book of quirky stories. Can't say more right now.

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April 21, 2015
Dogtology gets great review in Chicago Tribune

Dogtology is included in an April 14 review in the Chicago Tribune under the heading "The latest, greatest books about animals". Dogtology is a belief system that explains humankind's fur-ociously fanatical devotion to Dog. This hilarious book is filled with witty insights into our relationship with Dog. Release date is June 2, 2015, but you can pre-order now at dogtology.com.

I created over 30 interior illustrations for the book.

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April 04, 2015
Water Conflict
Looming water shortages will create conflict as all affected parties attempt to meet their own needs.

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April 01, 2015
1st Place Winner!
Latonya S. Hicks Children's book The Goldenly Wreath is the winner of the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards in the Children's Inspirationa/ Motivational category. It was great meeting Latonya at our Barnes & Noble Seattle book signing March 28th!

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March 30, 2015
Time for Kids
These are two of four illustrations I did for recent editions of Time for Kids magazine.

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March 25, 2015
Vampspew, the graphic novel
The second edition of my b&w graphic novel Vampspew with many revised illustrations is now available here.

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February 09, 2015
Sleeping with the Fishes
Book cover of a dark subject matter.

 

January 15, 2015
The Infrastructure Express
Editorial illustration about decaying infrastructure.

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January 09, 2015
The Goldenly Wreath
The long awaited second printing of the children's book The Goldenly Wreath is now available! Written with one of the most inspirational and engaging narratives for children’s books today, The Goldenly Wreath is an important reminder to readers of all ages that no challenge is too great to overcome if you believe in yourself.

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January 07, 2015
Strange Experiences on the Oregon Trail
Since I live on the Oregon Trail I have long wanted to do a painting depicting some aspect of that and recently had the opportunity.

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November 25, 2014
Hard at Work

A self portrait - to some extent.

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October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween!
I worked up this illustration from a rough sketch that was killed at an early stage. I did 32 illustrations for that project which is a humorous book for dog lovers titled Dogtology. It will be available June 2, 2015. I will be posting more about it in the coming months. If you love dogs or know someone who does you will definitely want this book.

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August 24, 2014
The Adventures of Archaeological Doug

The ebook version of The Adventures of Archaeological Doug is now available!

Read more about the series and purchase the ebook Here.

Visit DougDigs.com for more information on Doug, his sister Sandy and their adventures through history and time!

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May 27, 2014
New Illustration
With this painting I wanted to investigate and expand into some new areas with the work I display in my illustration portfolios.

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May 14, 2014
Soon to be Released
This illustration is one of 34 I created for a delightful project that will be available in the near future. More details coming soon!

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November 17, 2013
Latonya Meets Danny
Author Latonya S. Hicks meets the main character of her children's picture book The Goldenly Wreath. I illustrated this for the upcoming web site and second printing book relaunch. More details to come!

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October 19, 2013
Gammie
Gammie, the first book in the Tulvia Lane series wrritten by Nakeshia Nickerson and illustrated by me is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book sellers.

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September 12, 2013
Mystery at the State Fair

I started doodling and let my mind wander, and this was the result. The title came after looking at the image, and my best guess as to what is going on. I think these two kids are working on a case. Now all we need is a story to go with the cover!

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July 08, 2013
There are Aliens!
Who doesn't love a spooky alien tale?

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June 27, 2013
Eli & the Veggie Monster

Author Xavia McCloud's children's book Eli & the Veggie Monster is a humorous twist to a couple of timeless dilemas - kids who won't eat their vegetables and the monsters who live under their beds!

Eli is looking for a little KICKSTARTER assist to come to life in print.

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May 30, 2013
The Last Dance
I usually go to bed early so I miss out on all these type of fun late night events.

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March 15, 2013
Illustration Art Show
I will be the featured artist at the Mitre's Touch Gallery for the Third Thursday Art Walk from 5-8pm March 21, 2013. There will be a selection of my original illustrative works painted in acrylics and watercolors including work commissioned by the New York Times, Random House and others.
Mitre's Touch Gallery - 1414 Adams Ave. La Grande Oregon

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February 19, 2013
Recently Published
I painted these two illustrations for an educational publisher a while back and they have only recently been published.

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January 29, 2013

Health Care Reform

Most Americans have never heard of Tommy Douglas but Canada voted him the "Greatest Canadian". Tommy Douglas is the man who brought universal health coverage to Canada. Canadians live longer, have better health outcomes and spend far less money on health care than Americans do. The only losers when Canada went to a single payer health care system were the insurance companies.

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January 21, 2013

Sepia toned Fortune Teller drawing

Madam Fortune Teller says it will be a fabulous 2013 for all!

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January 02, 2013
Directory of Illustration 29 is out. See my work in print on Page 331.

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December 30, 2012

Obstacles to Retirement

Editorial illustration pointing out some of those nasty obstacles that can delay retirement.

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August 08, 2012

Kids having fun at the Zoo

This is one of the first illustrations I attempted completely digitally as I was learning the medium. I liked the idea but didn't really have a good feel for working digitally at the time so I went back recently and cleaned it up. Amazing how much easier it is now that I have established some guidelines and working procedures for myself. None of those obtrusive barriers to spoil the view at this zoo!

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July 13, 2012

Gardening Illustration

Anyone who gardens in a rural or semi rural area knows that everything out there seems to want a piece of the fruits of your labor. From seed to finished produce there is something out there at every stage just waiting for you to turn your back so it can devour your hard work!

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June 19, 2012
Art Show

I will be the featured artist at the Mitre's Touch Gallery for the Third Thursday Art Walk from 5-8pm June 21, 2012. There will be a selection of my landscape paintings of the west from the eastern Sierras to Alaska and many from eastern Oregon. Come on by and say hi!

Mitre's Touch Gallery - 1414 Adams Ave. La Grande Oregon

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May 31, 2012

Family Vacation Illustration

This is the time of year when everyone's thoughts turn to the family summer vacation. Pile the kids, the dog and the camping gear into the car and hit the open road. Oh, and just be sure those kids don't get too out of control!

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May 23, 2012

The Evolution of an Envelope

I have been sending out my postcards in envelopes to increase the likelihood that they will arrive in a condition worth keeping. Envelopes are 20¢ each but are also an opportunity to present another image to the art buyer. I wasn't sure the post office would accept or deliver an envelope with a drawing on it so on the first I carefully kept clean the areas with information - stamp, recepients name, return address, and used curves to make the image very light. I have not had any problems or comments from USPS and have been progressively bolder with each. Below are three examples, from oldest to newest.