For the entire month of June, I have been painting as part of a community project in Wadena, MN.

My assistant Michael Beachy, a local art student, and project director David Evert working behind him.

BEFORE… this is what the wall looked like before we started.

And AFTER… the finished mural! It is intended to look like a big jigsaw puzzle, to fit with the “Pieces of History” theme of the project. This is the first in what it is hoped will be an onoing project to depict the history of Minnesota in Wadena.

It’s an orgy of bird life, with blue herons and the state bird, the loon, which is almost as big as a goose, and its babies ride on its back!

Details of eagles. Notice the painted turtle on the log, which was painted in on the last day on the town barber’s request.

I could not have done it without the help of many, many friends, including Hope, who is helping me here to touch up nail holes once it was installed.

Catching a big Northern pike with new friends in MN. (…note the plastic gloves; it all seems a little icky to this city girl)

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  1. Cool sculpture in Wadena…I’m originally from MN, so it’s a treat to find this in my blog-surfing. If you get to Oakland, CA, give me an e-mail at and I’d love to see your work.


  2. Hi Robin! The mural looks fabulous, congratulations on wrapping it up!

    -love Nate

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