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Happy New Year

I don’t know about you, but I typically let a new year slide in pretty quietly. My wife and I might go outside and pop a confetti blaster, but often we just pull ourselves off the couch and head to bed. This year was much the same, except it was a bit more of a challenge to get up and around.

Back in September, I had a kidney surgery (all went pretty well) and by November was feeling really well. I was looking forward to getting ready for the one show I had not had to cancel. My wife was making plans for a show as part of her newest venture making homemade soaps. On November 12th, we woke up to a lovely morning, went out for breakfast, visited a local Farmer’s Market, and were home by 11. A few minutes later, I went out to get the mail delivery from our mailbox and was hit by a car. I don’t remember the event itself, thank goodness. All plans went on hold, and for the past two months I’ve been focused once again on a grueling recovery process. Thankfully, I am almost recovered. I lost some teeth in the encounter with the car, and I will get the denture replacements next week. I have some scarring on my face and hands, but my brain appears to be intact. Last week I started drawing again for the first time and it felt really good.

I have a big spring lineup firming up and will post the dates here as soon as available. My wife will be able to return to getting my prints online. We are incredibly grateful to God for his many mercies over the last four months. We are grateful for the friends and family that he surrounded us with who kept both our spirits lifted. It has been a very difficult time, but could have been so much worse. I’m very glad to be alive and I look forward to seeing you all at shows this spring.

Life is unpredictable – hug your family and friends every day!

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The year continues to be interesting…

In my previous post I noted that I had come successfully through surgery but that my Fall show season was likely over. As I completed my full two months post surgery, I was feeling great and planning to attend the final show in my schedule: Randy Brodnax and Friends Christmas Art Show the weekend of December 2-4. Then, on November 12th, while checking my mail, a young man hit me with his car. I don’t remember the hit itself, or most of the time in the ER and ICU. But I was left with numerous injuries that are going to take a bit of time to overcome. The GOOD NEWS is that recovery should be full and complete in time. I had numerous facial and oral injuries, as well as numerous contusions and abrasions. We have one lingering concern with my neck. But this could have been so much worse. I’m grateful to be alive and that I can look forward, in the future, to doing my art and enjoying my family, home, and life.

I won’t be attending the final show this fall, but I do hope that you will make an effort to go by if you are in the area. This Christmas Show brings together a wonderful and eclectic group of artists and is always fun and interesting. Held in the Sons of Hermann Hall (3414 Elm Street – Dallas TX), it is a hoot just to walk through the building. If you are looking for unique, well made and executed art, jewelry, pottery, glass blown objects, artisan dolls and more – don’t miss this one-time-per-year opportunity.

As for me, I am working hard to heal and recover and be ready for the spring shows. I have a number of them lined out and expect to have many new originals available.

A special word of thanks to friends, family, and the wonderful doctors, nurses, and other caregivers in the Denton Regional Hospital. God has richly blessed us and we are so grateful for the visits, prayers, food, love, and care in the past two weeks. I am especially thankful to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for keeping me from even worse harm and for surrounding me with the love of so many. Life is good!

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Unexpected Fall Show Schedule Interruption

A few weeks ago I ran into some unexpected health issues and had to bow out of all my then-planned fall shows. I’m happy to report that my health is much improved, though I have a bit of a recovery period ahead. My hope is to be able to attend the final show of my normal fall season. If so, I’ll be posting more information here. In the interim, my wife continues to “man the fort” in terms of getting the website updated, adding prints to the store, and manning correspondence surrounding sales, getting things mailed out, etc. It has not been easy, but we are looking forward to better days ahead!