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The Punt Gun
       
     
The Runner
       
     
The Lamplighter VII
       
     
The Nurse
       
     
The Milkman III
       
     
The Knocker Upper II
       
     
The Falconer
       
     
The Fisherwife
       
     
The Pirate Queen
       
     
The Michelin Man
       
     
The Chef
       
     
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The Punt Gun
       
     
The Punt Gun

36x18 inches
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained maple panel

Punt guns are extremely large shotguns used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to hunt waterfowl. These massive guns were much too large to fire from the shoulder, so they were mounted to small hunting boats called punts. Using a punt gun, a single hunter could kill up to 50 ducks or geese sitting on the waters’ surface IN ONE SHOT. They were so effective at killing wild waterfowl, that a series of state laws and eventually federal laws outlawed them in the early 1900s to protect populations of ducks and geese.

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The Runner
       
     
The Runner

12x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained birch panel

It is thought that human running evolved four and a half million years ago as a means to chase down prey until they collapse and we’ve found joy and agony in the act ever since. Competitive running has its origins in religious festivals and dates back to Ireland in 1892 BC. Perhaps the greatest distance runner of all time is Emil Zatopek, who dominated the 1952 Olympics and won three gold medals in distance running (10K, 20K, Marathon), the only runner to ever do so. He was known both for his cheery demeanor and his grueling interval training. One of the main ways that running has evolved over time is footwear, with Nike being perhaps the biggest factor in that change.

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The Lamplighter VII
       
     
The Lamplighter VII

6x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper on maple panel

Before the widespread use of electricity, streets of most towns and cities were lit by gas lamps. These lamps had to be lit as dusk turned to dark and extinguished as the day's light filled the morning sky. The Lamplighter was responsible for these tasks and typically employed either a long pole, ladder or tall customized bicycle, which is the way I would have done it.

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The Nurse
       
     
The Nurse

6x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper on maple panel

Before the foundation of modern nursing, religious figures such as monks and nuns provided nursing-like care and these traditions’ influence can be seen in the ethos of modern nursing practices. Florence Nightingale, who helped treat injured soldiers during the Crimean War, laid the foundations of professional nursing with her Notes on Nursing published in 1859. One important development in modern nursing was brought about by Clara Barton, a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross in 1881. It’s first major disaster relief effort came when the Thumb of Michigan caught fire in 1881, leaving 5,000 people homeless.

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The Milkman III
       
     
The Milkman III

6X24 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper on maple panel

Milkmen were delivery men who brought fresh dairy products to homes, typically in the morning hours. Milk needed to be delivered daily since the lack of good refrigeration meant it would quickly spoil. With improved packaging and the ubiquity of refrigerators in the home, milk delivery has become much less frequent and obsolete in many parts of the world.

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The Knocker Upper II
       
     
The Knocker Upper II

12x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper on stained birch panel

During the Industrial Revolution, many workers in Britain and Ireland hired a Knocker Upper to rouse them from their slumber to go to work in factories. Most Knocker Uppers used a long pole to tap on second floor windows, but one inventive lass, Mary Smith, utilized a pea-shooter to wake her clients.

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The Falconer
       
     
The Falconer

12x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper on stained birch panel

Falcons and other birds of prey have been trained and used to hunt since 2,000 BC! It most likely began in Mongolia and spread to Europe and the rest of Asia when the Huns invaded around 400 AD. The birds are used in their native wild habitat to capture small game such as rabbits and squirrels. One of the few ways that falconry has evolved over time is the use of radio transmitters to track the birds. Many various birds are used from owls to hawks, but my personal favorite is the peregrine falcon, which can reach 250 mph during its hunting stoop, making it the fastest animal on Earth.

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The Fisherwife
       
     
The Fisherwife

4x20 inches
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on found plank

These women were strong. Hefting 50-pound baskets of fresh fish from the shores of the North Sea to the local market, calling to customers all the while in their signature colorful language, the fisherwives were a sight to be seen and a force to be reckoned with. As the first rays of sun began to illuminate the misty sky, the men prepared their cobles for the impending day on the North Sea while their wife would be searching for bait and then baiting lines. Once the men returned, these women would clean the herring swiftly and deftly. Once the fish were cleaned the fisherwives would heft their baskets full of fresh fish into the market to peddle to the townspeople. The fisherwives were shrewd negotiators that employed foul-language and keen wits to get the most shillings for their family’s catch. The action was quick, as the fish had to be sold before the day’s sun spoiled them and the fishwives didn’t waste a second. If the market for their fish wasn’t favorable, the fisherwives would grab their 50-pound basket and walk nearly TEN MILES to a larger market in nearby Newcastle. I’ll say it again; these women were strong.

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The Pirate Queen
       
     
The Pirate Queen

7x24 inches
acrylic, water, watercolor paper on found plank

Read blog about The Pirate Queen HERE.

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The Michelin Man
       
     
The Michelin Man

6x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained maple panel

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The Chef
       
     
The Chef

6x24 inches
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained maple panel

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