This website has lots of Art, Photography, Fiction, some Poetry, and bits of Commentary. Honest. True story.

I am a semi-retired wildlife and landscape artist, cartoonist, poet, and independent author of fantasy fiction. I love making pictures and writing stories. I keep the art and writing processes separate, though I have an inkling to illustrate my writing someday.

Making art came first when I drew on everything with pencils and crayons. Writing came later when I wrote my first short story in fourth grade. I have been writing and illustrating ever since.

I am a wildlife and landscape artist by profession, though my CV includes photographer, illustrator and teacher. I fell in love with teaching while I was a college student when I began a side career teaching workshops to other students, young and old.

Drawing cartoons is another passion. I never pursued syndication, but a local newspaper featured my comics for several years, which became popular with its readers. My favorite ones are in the Art Blog section.

I am a self-published author. I write fantasy fiction that I call small-town suburban country fantasy fiction, which features a strange little town I call Ridgewood. It began years ago as Ravenwood (an honor to Edgar Allan Poe). My Ridgewood and Ravenwood stories are in the Writing Blog section. Many of them have a reoccurring character named Vree Erickson. Sometimes her last name is spelled Erikson. My stories span a lifetime of writing.

I hope you enjoy my website and choose to follow me on this journey. I look forward to hearing from you.

                January 3, 2011

11 thoughts on “About

    1. Thank you and ditto on your blog. I just returned from it and loved the art and science. Good luck on the publication of your book. I like the covers your friend did, very impressive, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  1. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle. I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Great work

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    1. I’m glad you found my blog and enjoyed your visit, Prasad. In fact, I’m always excited to know that someone wants to stick around and see and read more of what I post. A friend calls it, “The warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that someone appreciates what we do.” Or, as you rightly call it at your blog: the footprints we leave behind. 🙂

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  2. I love your art. Solid work. I have all your books on my tablet now. Even though your Vree Erikson stories are YA 13+, I find them perfect for those of us at a higher age level. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks for those kind words. I hope others are getting as much enjoyment out of my books as you are.

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  3. Steven, the link to your post about your birthday is not coming up, there is an error somewhere. When I clicked read more it came page not available.

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    1. Thanks for bringing the problem to my attention, Harry. I had problems visiting WordPress pages when I had Adblock Plus enabled in my browser. Once I turned it off for WordPress, I had no more problems. If you have Adblock enabled, you may want to turn it off when visiting WordPress.

      If you continue to have problems visiting my blog, Harry, please let WordPress know. https://en.support.wordpress.com/ .

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    1. I have a similar situation. My brother died a few years ago. He was my best friend. I used to paint wildlife pictures for him; he was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. I was too. God spoke loudest there. Being close to nature and making art has always been therapeutic.
      Thank you for liking my blog.

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