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Collaborative Creation 

So we had a blast on Saturday at Sunrise River Gallery during the Downtown Muscatine Girls Getaway.  The Getaway asked that we do some “seminars” for the “girls”.

Interactive and collaborative became my watch words.  

Two different groups of about 10 women each joined me in the studio for a team effort to paint a still life of tulips and lilies. It was simple … I handed out brushes, paint and encouragement as the painters took turns in one minute intervals.  In the end, six paintings were begun…each with a unique flair brought on through collaboration and teamwork.

Per their requests I’ll add some finishing touches to their creations. Tulips & Lilies #1 is complete and here for you to see.




Tulips & Lilies #1 by Girls Getaway Painters with J.Elias

First Light Art Fund  The real beauty in this great collaborative, creative effort is these paintings will be used in a silent auction fundraiser to help launch the nonprofit First Light Art Fund.  The nonprofit group has the mission to promote, develop and support young and up-and-coming artists in the greater Muscatine area.



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Home for awhile.

Many years ago while studying design and photography, I published a book I called “Home For Awhile”.

At the time, it was ‘time for a change’ because I was getting ready to set the world on fire … graduate college then head west for fame and fortune.

I journeyed through a career in ‘marketing communications’ … I worked as a press secretary, an ad agency account exec (several times), a director of marketing (again, multiple times); I designed and wrote many ads, brochures, logos, and so many ‘fliers’ I can hardly take it (my students know what I mean); I became a college teacher (marketing, small business management, entrepreneurship); and through it all, I raised a couple of great boys … scratch that, they are two fine young men!

As we grow older and perhaps lament missed opportunities and perceived disappointments, we may chalk it up to “life happens”.   Full of wander lust I wrote:  “The midwest has been my home for awhile.  It is now time for a change.  I will move on to a new home.  Where ever it will be, will be only for awhile.”   Having had life happen and re-reading those words, it occurs to me each and every moment is a time for change waiting to be embraced.

Where we are right now is really only home for awhile.

I’ve been presenting images in the form of landscapes, logos, ads and fliers for over 40 years.  Although I’ve been creating, my great lament is I didn’t paint for almost 30 of those years.  Yet even the logos, ads and fliers have allowed me to experience this great adventure.  And where ever I’ve been and where ever I go, I embrace the time for change.

With great joy I now focus my creative energy on creating paintings and photographs which capture simple elements of God’s masterpiece as seen through one man’s eye. I like to share my perspective on where ever home is.  Although we aren’t really meant for this world it is our home for awhile. Since we are only passing through, remember to always go forward.