Live sketches from the Dylann Roof trial

I drove to Charleston Wednesday on a speculative lead that I could get press credentials from my previous client AP, or CNN, or Charleston Post and Courier. But I didn’t get any press pass so I was limited to sketching scenes outside the courthouse . I’m still trying to get press pass. Maybe next week. Stay tuned!



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My National Park painting featured this weekend!


Above, Alicia Evans (Visitor Experience Manager of the Chattahoochee Nature Center) poses with my National Park Poster – signed, limited edition giclee prints available this weekend at the “Back to Nature” holiday market event, 10:00 am this Saturday!

Here’s a link!

Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival



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Correction: Return to my Croatia report

My last post was misleading and I apologize. I am NOT in Croatia right now, I am in my studio reporting from my sketchbook notes in Croatia in September this year.

Here are three pages from my journal…




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Return to Croatia

For a brief respite from election and family troubles, today, I’m returning to Croatia with these two live entries from my journal…



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First official National Park poster sold to Georgia legislator!

Thank you art patrons who bought art Saturday at the Mountain Conservation Trust fundraiser. Also, thanks to Georgia state legislator Rick Jasperes for buying the first of 200 signed limited edition prints of my Chattahoochee National Park poster! Stay tuned for news of the official exhibit opening at park headquarters in Roswell.

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Celebrate art today!

And help protect the North Georgia mountains.

For those who are on the mountain today, stop by the Laird house 2:00-6:00 for the Mountain Conservation Trust annual picnic. Also on display, Walter Cumming’s National Park mural.

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Confederate battle flags in Croatia and Germany

Last month, near Split, Croatia, I did a huge double take at a large, painted confederate battle flag on the side of a building. “Hey Johnny!”  I asked our Croatian kayak instructor/guide. “Do you know what that flag means in the U.S.?”

He explained that it was the flag of a soccer team in Split and also was used by certain gangs in Dubrovnik, though he said was pretty sure it had no political or racist meanings. In 2010, on a solo bike trek from Paris to Berlin, I saw another  confederate battle flag flying from a boat on the Mosel River near Koblenz Germany. I later learned that, because it is a felony in Germany to display a Nazi Swastika, some neo-nazis may use the confederate battle flag instead of a nazi flag as a political statement.

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On German airport security: Passing through airport security in Frankfurt Germany was a stark contrast to Croatian security or even Atlanta. Despite the menacing presence of    big, fit looking, German police, armed with assault rifles, and sporting fashionably long hair cuts (a la Alex’s “droogies” in Clockwork Orange) the security check point was hi-tech, almost medically precise, and the most civil, polite, security behavior I’ve ever encountered.

We were clearly and gently guided through to the chief inspector at the X-ray machine. He wore latex gloves, smiled politely and proceeded to unzip and unpack each item of my pack with the slow and careful precision of an obstetrician aiding a birth. He then returned each item carefully to it’s exact place, smiled and said very politely ” I hope you enjoyed your stay in Chermany.” The last time anyone in law enforcement was that kind to me was in 1975 when a Nebraska highway patrolman near Omaha picked me up hitchhiking with a guitar and a backpack, dropped me a better location, and drove away with a loving “GOOD LUCK!” on his bull horn.





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Mark your calendars! This Saturday!


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Hot off the easel!

I just finished this pastel for a commission for a friend but it also happens to be my second in a series of National Park posters. Stay tuned…


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IT’S FINISHED! (My National Park Service Assignment)

Exhibit ribbon-cutting at Park Headquarters in Roswell this fall (to be announced) .


“A painting isn’t finished until the check clears”  – Andy Warhol

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