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Issue 47
Winter 2015


Wishing You a Very...


I painted this holiday winter scene 15 years ago for LifeWise magazine. It was an illustration for the cover and for an article entitled "Extending Your Heritage." My aunt and uncle were nice enough to serve as reference for the couple in the background.

This is one of the first illustrations I rendered on the computer, which sounds like it would be a huge shortcut. But it really isn't because I do all of the rendering the same as traditionally, except the tools are different. Instead of an airbrush and colored pencils I use a stylus and graphics tablet together with computer software.

"Mary Did You Know" by The Voice 2015 Winner, Jordan Smith

Michael English's "Mary Did You Know" is one of my favorite Christmas songs and I just have to share Jordan Smith's version with you. If you're not familiar with Jordan, he won NBC's The Voice competition this year. This YouTube video shows him performing live on the show as part of his Finale performance a couple of weeks ago. Jordan is a talented young man with a very bright musical career ahead.
"Silent Night" by The Piano Guys, Featuring Vocals by Placido Domingo

Here's another recently posted YouTube video. It's a performance by The Piano Guys which features legendary tenor Placido Domingo singing "Silent Night." Joining them are the children from the Cathedral School Choristers. The Piano Guys filmed this during an East coast tour in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, one of the largest cathedrals in the world.
A Favorite Quote

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

- Pablo Picasso

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Consider this to be my Holiday card especially for you!

This time of year provides the opportunity to express my deep sense of gratitude for your continued interest in my art, classes, videos and other musings. Thank you so very much!

It's my sincere hope that you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2016!


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