Award-winning Junior Ranger Book and National Parks Week 2018



If you happen to be headed to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for National Parks Week (April 21-29) with the kids, be sure to stop by one of the visitor’s centers and pick up a free copy of the Junior Ranger Book.  In late 2017, the book and the creative team that put it together were awarded First Place for Site Publications by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). I was one of two artists on the team and I illustrated the interior activities in the book. The other artist, Nicolle Fuller, created the art for the front cover. The team was led by the parks' Visual Information Specialist, Erika Williams.
 

Filled with lots of fun and facts, kids ages 5 and up can earn an official Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Junior Ranger badge by completing the fun activities in the book.
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In June 2016 I was the Artist-in-Residence in Sequoia National Park. You can read more about my experience here.

Free Clip Art for Teachers

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Introducing Educator Clips royalty-free clip art for educators!

Well, to be honest, the name and website (EducatorClips.com) are new, but a lot of the clip art in the gallery has been around for years. Most of the art was created and copyrighted in 1998 and in 2000 it was licensed by the Discovery Channel people for exclusive use on their education website.


Inspired by my teacher wife's need for images for her weekly newsletter for parents of her students, the original artwork was created back when computers were painfully slow and storage capacity and applications were quite limited. To make the art available online to users with mostly dial-up modems for connecting to a young, limited World Wide Web, all the images were made small and not of the highest quality.

Discovery no longer hosts the Gallery or licenses my artwork, but you can still download many fun and useful images from the collection for free education and noncommercial use. And all the clip art on EducatorClips.com has been updated to larger, high-resolution images.


I've already been asked to add more images to the gallery and will do so as time permits. In the meantime, I hope all you hard-working, underpaid educators will use the art and spread the word about Educator Clips.




Limited-Edition Artwork

A copy of this signed limited-edition giclée print was recently acquired by the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for the art collection there.
On the Savanna
A copy of this signed limited-edition giclée print was recently acquired by the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for the permanent art collection to be displayed there. Only five of these 18" x 24" prints were created and no more will ever be produced. Another print is part of a personal collection so there are only three left. If you happen to be interested in adding one of the remaining three prints to your organization's (or your personal) collection please feel free to contact me. Each print is signed and numbered and a certificate of authenticity is provided.

Update, March 2018: Another children's medical facility recently purchase a print so now there are only 2 prints left.

Whimsical Illustrator Me

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When I was a young artist just starting my career my work was very often called "whimsical." I wasn't sure I really liked the term because it seemed so limiting. However, even though I do much more than whimsical art, I came to embrace the label over the years. So much so that I purchased the domain www.whimsicalillustrator.com. Be sure to visit the website. It features a few samples of some of my favorite pieces of whimsical artwork from the hundreds I've created for books, magazines, and more over the years. If you are an art director, editor or other art buyer there's contact info on the site as well.

2018, The Year Of The Earth Dog -- A View From The Southwest

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2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. I'm not quite sure what an Earth Dog is, but I immediately thought of a coyote when I heard the the term. My Earth Dog/coyote was inspired by the beautiful artistry and craftsmanship of Hopi katsina dolls. You can learn more about katsina dolls here.

According to online sources, the last Earth Dog year was 1958, which, by the way, just happens to be the year I was born. The horoscope says that those born in the year of the Earth Dog are talented, good communicators, compassionate, sensible, serious, highly principled, and idealistic. Also mentioned was something about the pancreas being important and avoiding fatty foods. That last part sounds pretty accurate to me.

What Reindeer Do


Ever wonder what reindeer do while waiting for Santa to fill stockings? (I bet Santa's Naughty Kid Book has some interesting notes in the margins!)

You can pick a copy or two of this holiday card here.

Sedona Holiday Magic

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Even though the town of Sedona and the red rock country around it is now sadly overrun with tourists, it is still one of my favorite areas in Arizona. Being an older native Arizonan, I often visited Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon as a youngster when it was still peaceful and sparsely inhabited. I fondly remember one dark, crisp night looking at the stars shining brightly above the stately red rocks and falling in love with nature. It was a magical, transforming moment.

The greeting card is available here.