Star Stuff

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made of the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.”
– Carl Sagan


Winter Coming


“Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up”
– Laura Ingalls Wilder (The Long Winter)

Spring Flowers

Spring Time

“she turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor: winter is dead”  – aa milne

“in the spring, at the end of the day – you should smell like dirt”  – margaret atwood



Family Tree

I’ve been working on the below project on and off for a couple of years now.  It was nearly more difficult to make these 2 dimensional images of people I know so well versus strangers.  In the end – I realized that it isn’t so much about making each person look exactly as they do but rather creating a piece that represents my family as a whole.   My granddaddy Jimmy and my grandmother Francis taught their children to live with love and laughter – something they then taught to all us grandkids.  I’m so very proud to be a member of McAtee family.


Crux Fermentation

Last year I did a commissioned piece for a lovely new brewery that opened in Bend, Oregon : Crux Fermentation.  The project was to make 50+ individual portraits of the village of people that put together this business.  The people of Crux were kind and fun, and those qualities certainly shine through in the business that they created.

All in all, I was pleased with the majority of the pieces I created – Below are a handful of the images from this project – and if you are ever in Bend do stop by a Crux, drink some beer, eat some food and say hi to my little paper people.

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