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About the author
From grade school forward I drew in pencil and painted in oils under intermittent private and group instruction. I attended Washington University School of Fine Arts (St. Louis) for two years with a focus on sculpture. As a freshman, I earned the Eliza McMillan Merit Scholarship, and during my sophomore year, I was awarded first place in the annual Washington U. Figure Sculpture Contest, judged by Rudy Torrini, National Sculpture Society Fellow and Fontbonne University Professor Emeritus. Over the years, I continued to paint portraits in oil. In 1998, I cast my first sculpture in bronze at the Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, New Jersey. My sculpture portfolio now features numerous works in bronze, plaster and aluminum, from miniature to monumental in scale. The following lists two- and three-dimensional commissioned works in private collections or on public display: * St. Louis College of Pharmacy - St. Louis, MO * Dallas Zoo, Dallas Museum of Natural History and Dallas Flight Museum (Love Field) * Kenrick-Glennon Seminary - St. Louis, MO * Archbishop's residence - St. Louis, MO * Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, St. Louis Archbishop Emeritus - Rome, Italy, private collection * Retired Anheuser-Busch executive, Mr. (& Mrs.) Jerry Ritter - Town & Country, MO, private collection * St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church - Anthem, AZ * Shrine to the Holy Family, St. Joseph Catholic Church - Cottleville, MO * Shrine to the Holy Family, Cedar Lake Foundation/Opus Dei Conference & Retreat Center - Wentzville, MO * Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe - La Crosse, WI * Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Eureka, MO * Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Breitling Orbiter III Co-pilot - Lausanne, Switzerland, private collection * Dr. Brian Jones, Breitling Orbiter III Co-pilot - Somerset, Great Britain, private collection * Philanthropist Suzann (Mrs. Arthur L.) Ruff - Dallas, TX, private collection * Latin Mass Magazine Casting foundries for sculpted works: * J. Seward Johnson, Jr., Atelier - Mercerville, NJ * Great Lakes Foundry - Chicago, IL * Dave Scott Foundry - Indianapolis, IN * Fine Art Sculpture Center - Chesterfield, MO * Ad Astra Art Bronze - Lawrence, KS * VMD Sculpting, St. Louis, MO * The Crucible - Norman, OK * White River Foundry - Spencer, IN * Prometheus (formerly Tuska) Foundry - Lexington, KY * The Inferno - Union City, GA Galleries/competitions/exhibits: * St. Louis Artists' Guild * Fine Art, Ltd. - Chesterfield, MO * Art & Sole Exhibit - St. Louis Marathon * Renaissance Center - Dickson, TN * The Bosque Conservatory - Clifton, TX * Animals in Art - LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, LA * The Fields Project/Art in Agriculture - Oregon, IL Current/former professional memberships: * Best of Missouri Hands (juried member) * National Sculpture Society * Portrait Society of America * St. Louis Writers' Guild * Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators * St. Louis Publishers' Association In 2004, I wrote, illustrated and published a slim, three-volume children's series consisting of The World of Jacky Blue and Other Cats, Gleb…the Terrible!, and The Perils of Pink Cat. Cat Fancy Magazine prominently and favorably reviewed the series in their book section, as did St. Louis Post-Dispatch "special feature" writer Florence Shinkle. Available for purchase from all major book retailers (online and in-store),The Jacky Blue Series© can be found in library collections throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.