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What began as an idea for family Christmas presents in 2015 has developed into an active hobby that allows me to express my faith and beliefs through my art. 

Each of the custom designs is created in Microsoft PowerPoint. I do use the built in fonts for the black lettering.

(Yes, PowerPoint can be used for creating so much more than those never-ending presentations at work.) 

A color proof is then created and the design is printed in black outline and hand colored in either watercolor paint or colored pencil.  The result is a unique work of art. 

I try to fit the designs either a standard 8x10 inch or 5x7 inch frame. Although special commissions may be made in additional sizes. 

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Psalm 119:105
Watercolor

 The before and after 

The design below of a quote attributed to Mark Twain is an example of the color proof designed in PowerPoint, the black and white print of the original design, and the completed hand-colored watercolor and pencil artwork.

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Original color proof
as designed in computer
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Original black and white
as printed from computer
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Completed artwork.
After watercolor painting
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Completed artwork.
After color penciling

 Christmas present designs from 2015 

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Numbers 6:24
Watercolor
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Joshua 1:8
Color Pencil
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Psalm 84:12
Color Pencil
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James 1:17
Color Pencil

 1 Thessalonians 5 Series 

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1 Thessalonians 5:16
Color Pencil
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1 Thessalonians 5:17
Color Pencil
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1 Thessalonians 5:18
Color Pencil

 The McGregor Commission 

In 2016 I was fortunate to be approached to produce a commission to be hung at McGregor Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, Florida.

The resulting 20.5 inch x 22.5 inch watercolor is displayed in the Lead Pastor's conference room. 

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Color Proof
size 20.5 inches x 22.5 inches
Yes! You can do that in PowerPoint!
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The framed completed watercolor at McGregor. 

 2016 Olympians 

I was so impressed by their unapologetic sharing of their faith, that following their silver medal-winning performance in 10 meter synchronized platform diving at  the 2016 Rio Olympics, the following pieces were created for the team of David Bodia, Steele, Johnson, and their coach Adam Soldati. It should be noted that Steele's gift was withheld from him until after his NCAA participation was completed. 

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Watercolor
Hand watercolor given as gift
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Color Proof
Hand watercolor given as gift
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Color Proof
Hand watercolor given as gift

 Wedding Gifts 

In 2017 I started creating wedding pieces for special friends and family. The color proofs below are examples of the designs I complete on the computer prior to printing the black and white outline which is then hand colored.

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Color Proof
Numbers 6:24-26
Sarah & Bryce
Hand watercolor given as wedding gift
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Color Proof
Romans 15:5-6
Kyle & Avery
Hand watercolor given as wedding gift

Christmas 2020

These two new designs were created for Christmas 2020

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Color Proof
Used for my personal Christmas greetings
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Color Proof
Used for a family present

 Note Cards 

The following designs were created to be used on note cards. All examples are color proofs.

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