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For a few years, Nauvoo was the center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was a beautiful utopia on the Mississippi River. The crown jewel of the city was the Nauvoo Temple. After the Mormons were driven out of Illinois and headed west, the temple fell into ruin and was destroyed.  Later […]

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I love living in a country where wildlife is common.  Just today driving home a turkey crossed the road ahead of me, and I had to swerve to avoid a turtle on the  road.  Deer eat our garden, and we see snakes and birds in our yard.  Every now and again i see foxes, and […]

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  I had a daughter born a little over a week ago.  This is my first painting after she was born. Upper Cascade falls is a neat falls near the visitors center at Hanging Rock State park. It is a beautiful spot. I love the way the warm tones of the fall leafs contrast with […]

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Evening is such a magical time.  The light and shadows make everything beautiful. Some naturally gorgeous places get better in the morning and the evening. Last year we went on a cross country road trip. I loved it.  We drove through Grand Teton National Park on our way to our hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. The […]

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    I have always loved fish. They are so much fun. Recently we were looking over old paintings we had. I have a lot on 8 x 10 canvases, that we haven’t done much with in years. I decided to paint quick paintings for a new gallery we are joining.  I used what was […]

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Fishermen are a strange breed.  We like to rise before the sun, and be out on the water while there is a cold nip in the air. My Dad and I would be up at 4, so we could be on the water not long after sunrise.  That early hour is a magical private world, […]

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I enjoy fish. I have always drawn and painted them. My dad and I would fish all summer, and paint fishing pictures all winter. I think fish are beautiful, and varied. Every where I have lived has had different varieties of fish. Last month my dad and I went fishing in a lake near Grandfather […]

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I enjoy suprises.  I love change.  Here is an example of a suprise. I was walking down a trail in Georgia. I was in a state park in the west part of the state, following a creek, and turned the corner, and here this small, but beautiful falls was. This picture has a lot of […]

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Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, is another spot we visited on our honeymoon. This is a painting looking across the mile high swinging bridge from the other side.  This is the most famous part of the destination, and very cool. Grandfather Mountain also has a zoo to rehab animals, a visitors center and miles of trails. […]

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