Happy Birthday National Park Service! Celebrate August 19!

Fisherman detail with logo72Come celebrate on August 19. Free but limited spots. (Filling up fast!) RSVP today on link below. Check out my full painting in person!


Heron tweaked beak

Above, detail from my 17″x 51″ panorama “7:00 am East Palisades, Chattahoochee River” for the National Park Service


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Preview unveiling tomorrow!

For those who are on the mountain tomorrow, stop by the Cumming/Preston house from 3:00-6:00 to get a peek at this epic National Park Service assignment; 60″ wide panorama of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (also new paintings of Tate). Below is a detail. Official exhibit opening at park headquarters at Island Ford this fall.

Heron detail with logo

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Private unveiling this Saturday!

This is a detail from my National Park Service panorama painting commemorating the 2016 Centennial celebration. I caught this heron n flight from my canoe at 7;00 a.m. on May 30th at  East Palisades on the Chattahoochee. Heron in flight72

The resolution is blurry because my painting is so big (17″x51″) I had to shoot details with my iPhone.

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Happy birthday National Park Service!

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“Chattahoochee River, East Palisades, 7:00 a.m” (detail), pastel on board, 17″x 51″

This is a detail of my National Park Service assignment. Exhibit opening is this fall at the park headquarters at Island Ford. Private unveiling at the Cumming/Preston house next Saturday. Stay tuned!

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Just finished my first album cover!

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The assignment was to paint a neolithic couple in embrace, based on the 6,000-year-old skeletons found recently in a Greek cave. The first google image references I thought of was Fred  Flintstone and Rachael Welch in “One Millions B.C.”

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36 years as a professional illustrator and I get my first album cover assignment now that the music industry is imploding. Ahurissant!

The band is Atlanta’s own “DK and the Hoop Snakes” and their first album is called “numbered all my bones”

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Opening exhibit reception a gala event!

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Ellen Kennerly

Gallery director, and my former editor at the AJC, Ellen Kennerly at the opening reception

Guests at reception

Guests admiring Walter Cumming’s original illustrations

Hugh Mackay

Master letterpress and scratchboard illustrator Hugh Mackay standing by one of his original scratch board illustrations. Mackay and Walter Cumming are both trained at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (of Talking Head’s David Burns fame)

My sketchbook under glass

Walter Cumming’s courtroom sketchbook under glass.



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My courtroom art and published illustrations in an exhibit!

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Just finished this commission…

May afternoon at the bridge

“May afternoon at the bridge”, 11″x 14″ pastel on paper, SOLD

Also, stay mark your calendars!

Unveiling of my National Park painting: Saturday, July 2nd at the Cumming / Preston house. Plus new paintings of  Tate. Official exhibit opening at National Park headquarters this fall. Stay tuned!

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BREAKING NEWS! My coolest assignment ever!

The National Park Service has just commissioned me to paint a huge panorama (five feet wide) of the Chattahoochee River to hang in the park headquarters. It will be a centerpiece of an exhibit celebrating the National Park Centennial. Unveiling will be at park headquarters this fall! (Preview unveiling on July 4th weekend at the Cumming/Preston house). Stay tuned!

Here are the paintings that impressed the National Park Service and got me the job.

Sycamore at Jones Bridge

“Sycamores at Jones Bridge”, pastel, 16″x20″ SOLD

Jones Bridge

“Jones Bridge October glare”, pastel 14″x11″ SOLD

Settles bridge

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Just finished these two new illustrations for my Paul Petzoldt story to be published in the NOLS alumni summer edition. My account of “the real” Paul Petzoldt on a 10 day winter climb in 1975 is pending approval by NOLS before publication. Stay tuned…


The 120 foot rappel

A mountain man of epic proportions, Paul Petzoldt (1908-1999) was America’s most important Mountaineer. Those of us who knew him and climbed with him, loved him because of his contradictory personality. I always thought of him as an iconoclastic, nonconformist, an “outlaw” in the best sense of western rugged individualism; a ‘Merle Haggard” of American Alpinism if you like.

Petzoldt warning students

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