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Sunflowers Gone Wild earns Juror's Choice

 I am thrilled that my piece "Sunflowers Gone Wild" was selected for the Juror's Choice Award at the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association's Autumn Artistry regional art show. It was also selected to be displayed in the Clairmont Gallery at the University of Mary in Bismarck. 

"Sunflowers Gone Wild," 22x28 acrylic, $1250

This piece was done in acrylic with palette knife in many layers to achieve the effect I wanted. It also has some interesting metallic highlights. I love painting sunflowers, with their distinct beauty and their amazing ability to turn toward the sun. They remind me of growing up on the farm and of my dad, who experimented early with this crop.

September Serenity, 12x12 oil, $600

I've been busy painting portrait commissions for Christmas presents, which can be pretty intense work. I decided to take a break from them and do an impressionistic landscape. "September Serenity" was done from a photo I took last month of Lake Hiawatha and the park in my hometown of Sykeston, ND. Like many small towns across the country, my hometown is changing as the old is torn down or replaced with new. An iconic building downtown that was beyond repair was razed this week, and the water tower on this painting will soon be disassembled and replaced. As an artist, I feel that part of my mission is to help preserve history, so this painting was a labor of love.

Preserving history is part of an artist's mission.

I painted this series of scenes from my hometown in honor of its 135th anniversary two years ago. Only three of the buildings visible here still exist, but the memories live on in our hearts. 

I am having a print giveaway of "Sunflowers Gone Wild" this month for anyone who signs up for my mailing list. There is still time to order Christmas commissions, so please contact me soon.

I have several exciting announcements coming up for the holiday season. Stay tuned!

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