Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Robbery of the Katy Flyer


Here’s an illustration I made for this years Katy Days, a railroad heritage festival that takes place in Parsons, Kansas (a town founded by the MKT – or Katy – railroad) every Memorial weekend. I’ve participated the last few years as a demonstration painter, and I always like to come with a few new train themed pieces.  Most of the time I gear the paintings towards kids but the old railroaders seem to dig them too. Anyways this year I decided a train robbery scene might make for something interesting to look at.  Let me know your thoughts!  

As an aside, I’ve discovered that old railroaders are sticklers for detail.  They can pick out a multitude of anachronisms!  I love it.  I’ve had to tighten up my game!



Here’s some close ups:






Some time ago, I promised Karen that I would post more on this blog. So here is a picture that I recently completed for Illustration Friday. The word of that week was “Heights.”

I’ve been wondering whether expressions on the animals would help or hinder this illustration. Also, for those of you who collage: How do you scan or capture your thicker images without losing clarity in the lower layers?

I hope that you all are well and enjoying this lovely weather.

Conference Art


Here’s my proposed art for this fall’s Kansas SCBWI Conference.  I sent them a version with and without text.  Of course, I don’t know if they’ll decide to use it, but I wanted to share.  I’m very proud of how it came out.