Thank You North Carolina

A good friend of mine as spent a lifetime working for the people of North Carolina. He was wanting to leave something for those who carry on after you leave is a nice way to say thanks for the opportunity. He came to me after seeing some of the things I had done, and said make me something beautiful and unique.

Then he said something that is wonderful and scary at the same time; “just do what you want”.

Now that could be a great thing… or it could come with a heavy burden. Like, what if they don’t like it?

So I took off and created a version of the State of North Carolina what showed the features and wonderfulness of the old north state.

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It started with a computer drawing of the state. I added layers to enhance the differences between the coastal plains, the piedmont, and the mountains.

But the interesting part was to create pieces to highlight the different areas of the state.

Cotton farms, tobacco farms, the outer banks, Raleigh, apple farms. All the things that make NC great.

To top it off, I made it about 5 feet long. It’s for the wall and will need a whole wall to live on!

And the finished piece.

And the finished piece.

All the parts for the city of Raleigh

All the parts for the city of Raleigh



















The painting went well and I was thinking he would love the design.

The mountains were fun to build.

The mountains were fun to build.

And in fitting with the business he was in…

we met on the side of a road to make the transfer.

That is always the best part of any piece I create. Seeing the reaction when I show the piece to the client. He brought his wife, and their reaction was why I am here.


It now lives in an office in Raleigh. And he is thrilled to know that he left a memento his time with the state in the office he operated.

Good times for all.

Thanks for looking and I would love to hear your comments or questions.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful–the layering was an excellent choice for creating depth to show the diversity of our state.


    • Joyce, I think it was interesting that the state is divided into these geographic area and they needed to be represented. the color changes helped too.


  2. Amazing as always. Perfect display of NC.


  3. I so enjoy seeing your creations. Thank you for sharing ~


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