James and Jennie

James & Jennie Morris like any normal couple, met, married and started a life together.   Their happy life together hit a snag when Jennie was involved in a major car accident.  In May of 2006, a reckless driver, with multiple prior incidents; hit Jennie’s car at such a velocity that Jennie’s seat was broken and she was pushed thru her seatbelt.  On that day in May, Jennie’s life was changed forever.  The accident left her with several injuries in her back, neck and shoulders.  After that day, two weeks after the accident that same driver had a few more incidents.

Even though that day changed her life, she did not let it stop her.  She worked very diligently for 16 months to get a law passed called "Abatement of Vehicles - Scofflaws".  This law has been signed and is now statewide in Alaska.  It's a law that if a person has multiple traffic violations that are not parking tickets, and equal more than $1,000 the violators car is immediately impounded if pulled over.  Even though this law was passed, it will never make up or change what happened to Jennie that day.  

Since that day the Morris' have been in legal litigations and finally after waiting almost 4 years received compensation for the accident.  They had to pay a lot of her medical expenses out of pocket and might possibly have to pay for her own surgery.  Because of the enormous amounts of medical bills, every month they have to choose which bill they must pay.

James, the loving husband to Jennie has been there and helped her thru everything since that day, is an artist.  His artwork is amazing!  He works with inks and airbrushes.  Some of the paintings he has done look surreal.  They have never been to New York or known anyone connected to the tragedies with 9/11/01,  but James sketched and designed an amazing picture to commemorate that day.    The print known as “Eternal Grace” is a sketch that came to him in a vision given to him by God.  The prints sold during 11/12/01 thru 5/1/02 and the money they raised from the sales was 100% donated to foundations helping charities. 

The Morris’s were not asked to, nor did they have to donate all the proceeds from this picture but they did.  This couple I would love to describe as selfless, kind, thoughtful and angelic. 

I write this to show the art world the kindness this couple has, and the talent that James has.  I appeal to the art world to help this couple, share their story and spread the word of James art work.  



August Artist of the Month - Renae Schoeffel

Renae Schoeffel is a world-wide collected, self-taught, emerging abstract artist who finds inspiration through many different avenues, anything she sees, from the universe and it’s unbelievable displays, the cinema, the earth and nature.  There are so many beautiful colors in the world and finding new ways to bring them together is her mission.

Renae’s journey toward becoming a full time artist began very young with her mother. She instilled a love of many art forms with her own love of creation through doll making with clay and nylon, as well as, portrait sketches. Through the years, Renae developed a love of many different art forms from crochet work, wood-burning, jewelry making, to figure drawing with charcoal on paper. In all of these creative endeavors, painting has become her true passion.  Renae loves the freedom of expression that she finds through creating something from a blank canvas. Oftentimes, she begins painting without any particular vision in mind. It is amazing what can transpire when you free your mind of restrictions and uniformity and allow the creative process to take over.

Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and Renae’s goal as an artist is to inspire you, to create a sense of longing for beautiful things, to make you fall in love with what you see, and to make that vision a dream that speaks only to you.


Renae Schoeffel Art


Goals of the Heart by Cheryl Whitestone

Yes it may seem like a ridiculous goal to have chickens (particularly as an adult), but I have had a secret desire to someday have chickens. Last year I realized that goal. As an artist my goals have always been to be a great painter which is, in my estimation, able to capture light and the true feel of a place.

Another goal was to make a living at this profession. Fortunately I have and am making a living with my art, and in lean times art has taught me how to stretch a dollar.

I made homemade ricotta cheese the other day (p.s. it’s easy).  Don’t let the economic experts bring you down; people are buying paintings. I sold two chicken paintings a couple of weeks ago. Apparently I am not the only one who loves these strange little creatures. The paintings were priced lower that I normally charge, on sale at mere chicken feed pricing. I think that helped make the sale. They were a great buy. I like great buys too!

Chickens, oh yeah, I bought 4 Americana (pullets, this is what they call the teenagers). Americana’s are the chickens that lay the Martha Stewart blue-green eggs. I guess Martha owns that color now. Whenever I refer to the color this way everyone seems to know the pastel hue I am talking about. Anyway, it took 3-4 months until they were mature enough to lay eggs.

Then two of my hens started crowing. What? Magdalena was aggressive, so that was no surprise. And then Isis started crowing as well. Because Magdalena charged our teacup poodle and Chihuahua, we called the farm and returned her/him. We renamed Isis; he is know known as Horus. He is fairly docile, not a mean rooster, and is so beautiful and quirky we can’t part with him. This year Isadora, our dancing hen, got broody (sitting on the nest). She managed even with my partner’s interference to birth one baby. Penelope Peeper Specklehead, hey if you only have one chick it needs a long name. She is pictured upper right.

The other hens are; foreground right, Guinevere. She is the practical hen. She is courageous and gets right down to business. Guinevere helped Horus and I chased an invading opossum out of the hen house one night at 4 am. On the left is Rosarita Bustle Butt, because her fluffy rear is so pronounced. Rosarita was exchanged for Magdalena; she is a docile blonde and Horus’ favorite hen-friend.

When my friends come over we go out back to sit and watch what I call the “chicken show.” It’s so soothing hearing their clucking. I believe I can understand what they are saying. No, I am not sniffing turpentine. I do get beautiful pale blue-green fresh free-range eggs almost every day. Chicken paintings are selling; these birds are paying for themselves.

Want your pet Immortalized on canvas to hang in your great hall? Call me or e-mail me. I will work for chicken feed!


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