Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gator Aid

Hello, Everyone -

Now that we have our new web site up and running (thanks to Brandon at, it's time to start tentatively poking my nose into the Blogosphere. For a long time we have been looking for a venue that will let us share news, post show and event schedules, and keep you up to date on current projects here at the DS Art Studio. Finally, we are able to do just that. Check in frequently to see works in progress, news clips, links to other interesting artists, and silly stuff in general.

To start things off, I wanted to tell you about a project that I have been working on with an energetic group of middle school students down in New Orleans. These seventh and eighth graders are working to preserve and expand the wetlands in their area, as part of their class work in environmental science. The students’ activities were recently highlighted by Diane Sawyer in a national television segment called “ABC Children First: Protecting Our Planet”.

You can see the video here:

Their award-winning science teacher, Mr. Barry Guillot, is keeping track of the Wetland Watchers on their web site,

Last April I visited Mr. Guillot and his students at Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, LA. They asked me to come up with an alligator picture to help raise awareness for the Wetland Watchers program, and gave me a long list of items that they would like to see in the design.
Mr. Guillot has just added a web page detailing the progress of the drawing. Take a look here to watch the ’Gator grow from preliminary sketches to the finished ink drawing, with commentary along the way:

We are planning to release prints of the Alligator drawing in early December. Sizes and prices have not yet been determined, though we do know that
half of the proceeds from print sales will be donated to support the Wetland Watchers. If you are interested in obtaining one of these prints when they become available, just let us know here at the DS Art Studio, and we will put you on our Contact List.

Thanks for Watching! We’ll continue to keep you posted as this fun new experiment develops.


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