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Posted September 30, 2020in Iowa Artist

Restorative artist

Sara Jo Boesen conserves old paintings. Sara Jo Boesen liked to paint, yet she didn’t really want to be an artist. She loved the art and history aspect, as both [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Iowa Artist

Shawn Palek

He paints on anything Violin case. Paint palette. Street sign. Cast iron skillet. Motorcycle. What do they have in common? All are items artist Shawn Palek has painted on. And [...]

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Posted August 05, 2020in Iowa Artist

Renee Watkins

Renee Watkins of Des Moines has spent most of her life creating art. As a child, her grandfather taught her different techniques as they painted together. Her grandpa, also a [...]

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Posted July 01, 2020in Iowa Artist

3-D Chalk Artist

Roling creates unique illusions When Kathleen Roling paints a picture, it sometimes doesn’t last more than a few days — or even a few hours. Does it bother her? Not [...]

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Posted April 01, 2020in Iowa Artist

Coffee artist

Paints with coffee; art at Starbucks corporate As a regular coffee drinker, I spill a lot on my notes and stain my clothes. However, artist Betty Walker likes how coffee [...]

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Posted March 04, 2020in Iowa Artist

Laura Todd

Her signature artwork consists of recognizable cityscapes in the Des Moines area. When artist Laura Todd begins painting, time seems to stand still. She doesn’t eat. She doesn’t check her [...]

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Posted February 05, 2020in Iowa Artist

Hawaiian flowers bring aloha to Midwest

Rachel Secretario Hill makes people happy with her comedy and her art. Ask Rachel Secretario Hill which career works best, comedian or artist, and, depending on the day, she’ll most [...]

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Posted January 01, 2020in Iowa Artist

Pastels, peace and pixels

Sebern Beachy searches for a creative high. When Judy Sebern Beachy was early into her art career, she was asked by a friend to draw a portrait of her nephew. [...]

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Posted December 04, 2019in Iowa Artist

Frank Hansen

Avant garde meets farm boy. Don’t ask artist Frank Hansen to color coordinate one of his paintings to match the decor. With a mischievous and unapologetic smile, he explains how [...]

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Posted November 06, 2019in Iowa Artist

‘Free play’ painting

Argentina-born artist is inspired by everyday life. As Monica Zunino Mel approaches a blank canvas in her home studio in West Des Moines, her head swirls with thoughts about possible [...]

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