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For the first time ever for me, I'm working in my studio with a window open. And it is so nice. Serenaded by robins, cardinals, chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, nuthatches and Spring Peepers from the local ponds.

Showing Some Love

I enjoyed completing these three pieces, each customized with wedding dates and hearts to mark the wedding site. Must be a lovely area to pull in so much love. :)

The Edge of the World

Today, I'm showing off a custom piece with an interesting twist. The subject matter is the lower end of Montague Island in the north Pacific Ocean. The island sits on the southwestern entrance to the Prince William Sound at the northern end of the Gulf of Alaska, about 80 miles due west from Seward. According to the wiki entry, Montague Island is the largest uninhabited island in the United States and home to 100+ pound fish, giving rise to the area's moniker: "Land of the Giants." Click here to see what a 350 pound halibut looks like.

New Voting Poll is Up!

Hey! Check it out! There's a new voting poll on the right side of the page. This is your chance to vote for the next new piece that you'd like to see available in the shop. You can vote once, and then encourage your friends and family to vote as well.

The line up for this poll was selected from reader comments as well as my own ideas for new pieces. Have a gander, do some map searches, and cast your vote! The poll closes in mid-May, and the winning piece will be available for purchase in the shop within a week thereafter.

The Most Beautiful Lake in the World

I've recently completed a custom piece of what German explorer Alexander von Humbolt called "the most beautiful lake in the world. " Lake Atitlan is a large, fully contained lake in Guatemala, and with a maximum depth over 1100 feet, it is the deepest lake in Central America. It is a breathtaking royal blue in color and sits high up in the Guatemalan highlands where the land supports lush flora and fauna. But what makes Lake Atitlan so remarkable is that it is shouldered within the peaks of three volcanoes, two of which are still active, sending plumes of smoke into the sky.

Fun color!

Here's a piece of the San Francisco Bay, made in as close to "International Orange" as I could get to mimic the paint used on the Golden Gate Bridge. It's fun to work these pieces in colors other than blue sometimes.

Custom Works: Catching Up!

Oh, so much catching up to do! I've been busy, busy, busy with all sorts of lovely new pieces, and I want to share some of my favorites with you here, with more to come. All of these began as custom requests from people like you who wanted to capture a favorite place in layered paper goodness. And a few of these may well end up as regularly carried inventory in my shop as well. Check 'em out!

Just today, I finished cutting this lovely section of The Potomac River known as Occoquan Bay.

New Year -> New Studio!

Happy 2013! And what better way to start anew than by moving my entire studio up two floors! Caution: this post is a rambling love story about my new work space. I'll warn you about my gushing, but I won't apologize for it, for this move has been a long time coming and has paid off in spades.

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