but this might be the closest I will ever come to immortality.
I was a finalist to have my design put on U.S. currency!
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One of 9 finalist's out of 9500 entries
photo documentation by alivia
myself with Governor Dodge
( I am the one with a little color )
my darling daughter Alivia.
Seen here lobbying with the Guv'na
Alivia missed school to photo document this event
and learn a valuable civics lesson.
She did a great job with the camera, also
Lupe with paul bunyans head - I did not work on paul's head but I did do his arms
In background is "Nails Tails" a sculpture
by Donald Lipski that Jerry Vettrus produced for
the Camp Randal Stadium renovation
in Madison, WI. Thats Paul Bunyans boot in the foreground.
REALLY BAD COPY OF DESIGN.
THE STATE KEPT THE ORIGINAL
BEFORE YOU SAY
"AN EAGLE ON A COIN, HOW ORIGINAL"
LET ME TELL YOU THIS IS NO
THIS IS "OLD ABE" A FAMOUS PART OF WISCONSIN CIVIL WAR HISTORY. TRADED NEAR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN'S, HE WENT ON TO FIGHT AND SURVIVE EVERY MAJOR BATTLE HIS COMPANY FOUGHT IN.
HIS SCREECHING SWOOPS AT THE ENEMY BECAME SO LEGENDARY THAT GEN. LEE PUT A BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD.
HE SURVIVED IT ALL. AT THE END OF THE WAR , P.T. BARNUM OFFERED TO BUY AND EXHIBIT HIM.
HIS TROOPS WOULD HAVE NONE OF IT AND UPON OLD ABES' NATURAL DEMISE, HE WAS MOUNTED AND PRESIDES OVER THE STATE LEGISTLATOR
WELL, ER, A COPY OF HIM, AS THE CAPITAL BURNED TO THE GROUND, IN 1909.
MY DESIGN FOR "OLD ABE" ON THE STATES COMMEMORATIVE QUARTER WAS SIMPLE,
A LEGENDARY STATE SYMBOL
'PERCHED ON A CIVIL WAR CANNON,
OUTLINED BY THE UNIQUE
SHAPE OF OUR STATE.
WHEN SOME ARCHEOLOGIST PULL'S A COIN OUT OF THE RUBBLE IN 2 THOUSAND YEARS, AND INVESTGATES THE MEANING OF THIS PLACE CALLED WISCONSIN, IT WILL INSPIRE WONDER AND THOUGHT. WE DID ACHIEVE THAT IN THE END.
WE PICKED A HUNK OF CHEESE
summer of 2006
public art event
city of janesville
fiberglass 1957 chevy bel airs
subject matter was a perfect match to our
auto heritage / culture.
The '57 chevy is a true american icon
and it was produced right here,
My three contributions were...
" See the USA in your Chevrolet "
a classic ad campaign slogan from the 50's seemed
to fit the bill
sponsored by Combs Surveying
exhibited at the corn exchange - janesville
"Storm Chaser "
sponsored by channel 27 madison
exhibited at one parker place/courthouse hill
" Baseball, Apple Pie & Chevrolet "
In 1957 the Milwaukee Braves also won the world series. So Forward Janesville had some fun with this old advertising slogan I suggested.
sponsored by Forward Janesville
exhibited at Forward Janesville Buildiing
summer of 2005 ran away and joined the circus...
the FAST Corp. circus
had the pleasure of doing the backdrop for my daughters middle school play
daughter alivia as "deborah sue"
racine wisconsin public art project
6. 2 .07 at "wingspread" frank lloyd wright design for
sam johnson home in racine
pirate theme opening party
myself with ill gotten...
going with the "less is more" thought
I did a simple blue sky cloud formation, with a little red in the clouds
"red at night, sailers delight"
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a facility for people with cognitive and physical disabilities commissioned me to convert a large , inner building space into a "town square"
a series of existing windows and doors
lead to seperate activity rooms.
I will document the construction of the town. A s Riverfront is not accessible to the general public
this is the only place to see the finished work.
restrooms have been transported to
downtown janesville's transportation center
completed in january
to get to madeline
take a boat
take the car ferry
holly marie tourdot
has given me the month of august to exhibit at her gallery. Imagine . I want to show images of the island and people here.
studio/gallery right off water
madeline island is in the beautiful apostle island chain in Lake Superior.
Superior is the second largest body of fresh water in the world.
it's only town is La Pointe, Wisconsin
it is the only publicly inhabited island in the chain
250 crazy souls stay year round
Holly is one of those souls.
tom'stwice - burned down cafe
brief sampling of words of wisdom at tom's
swim like hell
Mural on City Municipal Building march 2010
more info to follow
recent commissions for
Mercy Health Systems
Mercy Cinic East - Pediatric Floor/Main Floor
commishioned to interpet two award winning student artworks
then translate into large acrylic paintings.
other student artwork incorporated into ceramic tiles
surrounding pediatric waiting room
JANUARY 6th - FEBRUARY 9th
five week show of nine of my sign paintings
the art bar on burleigh st. riverwest neighborhood
a bar, with billiard table, over 30 different beers and
an actual art gallery
why did i not think of that?
... where did we park the car?
ongoing work represented at
Raven's Wish Gallery
the main entrance leads into what becomes the first
activity room. a beauty salon. we did a old fashioned town hall
Bye, Bye, Birdie
HANK AARON CATCHING A APPLE PIE
APPLE PIE WHEEL COVERS STANDARD EQUIPMENT IN THIS CRUISER
Keeping with the local theme,I painted a billboard to replicate another Janesville icons history, the 1957 Parker Pen ads
has it all. tornadoes, snow storms,lightning, quarter moon hub caps!
this was a last minute addition to my two other cars.
in my studio waiting for paint
the movie theatre
this is where audio/ visual equipment is stored
a play on words
homage to the marlon brando classic
On The Waterfront
MERCY HOSPITAL & TRAUMA CENTER
gave a generous donation for this project so it was only
right to have a clinic in the town square
working in studio
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This is a little hard to hear in the beginning due to wind
at one point I have to hold on to the canvas to prevent from flying away
but hang in there as I seem to find delight in just saying
Video to the left is graphic in audio. I was painting right in front of the large green building in the backround. Downrange I might ad. As a witness I spent the next 5 hours in a suspended animation of police, media and sadly the family. The next day while tring to finish work I was driven around by Dept of Justice people. If a picture could talk.