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Georgian Bay

“Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands and over 1,200 miles of shoreline. Georgian Bay’s beauty is rugged yet serene. Windswept pines, majestic towering cliffs, endless beaches and clear blue water all create a one-of-a-kind destination.” (Source: VisitGeorgianBay.com) This relief map highlights some of the places of interest mentioned in a travel feature in Country magazine.
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Nabesna Road

Nabesna Road is a 42-mile bumpy stretch of gravel road between Slana and Nabesna, Alaska. It is one of only two roads that access the Wrangell-St.Elias National Park. Hop in your 4WD vehicle (you’ll need it to splash through several creeks that cross the road) and enjoy the Mentasta Mountains and plentiful wildlife you’ll encounter along the drive. I created this map in a whimsical style to accompany a travel feature in the February/March 2016 issue of Country magazine.  
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Rhode Island

A simple map of Rhode Island showing the location of various places mentioned in a travel article in Country magazine.
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Florida to Sicily

This map was published in the Summer 2018 issue of Windsurfing Now magazine to illustrate a surfer’s journey from Florida to Sicily to enter a competition.
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Miles City, Montana

This map was published in the February/March 2017 issue of Country magazine.
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Magdalen Islands

The Magdalen Islands are a small group of islands in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The islands feature a variety of coastal landscapes including steep red cliffs, pebbled beaches and expanses of wide white sand as soft and beautiful as any that you’d find in the Caribbean.” (from FamilyFunCanada.com) This map appeared in the July 2012 issue of Country Extra magazine.
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John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail stretches for 210 miles across California’s Sierra Nevada range. Most of the trail lies above 8,000 ft and offers incredible high alpine scenery. This map was published in the August/September 2012 issue of Country magazine.
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Canada Windsurfing

This digitally illustrated map was created as part of a set of 3 maps for Windsurfing Now magazine’s Summer 2018 issue. The story identifies some of the best windsurfing spots in New York, Vermont and southeast Canada.  
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Down East Maine

This is a digital map I created for a photo essay about Maine’s rugged Down East coasts. I kept the map clean and simple so as not to detract from the beautiful photography on the page. The map helps to orient the reader to the location of some of the photos, and assorted points of interest. It appeared in the 2016 March/April issue of Country magazine.
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Sitka

Not every map needs to be detailed or intricately designed. Sometimes you want to simplify a complex location. Like I did with this map of Sitka, Alaska. It’s probably one of the simplest maps I’ve ever done, but it worked well in the context of the finished page layout. It doesn’t demand much attention, it’s just there to set the stage for the accompanying photos. It appeared in the November 2016 issue of Country Extra magazine.
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Canadian Rockies

I created this map for a travel story in Country Extra magazine [July 2016], called “Rockies Road Trip.” By the time I had finished the map and page layout, I was aching to visit this place for myself. Traveling the Icefields Parkway looks like an incredible roadtrip!
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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is one of Michigan’s most popular vacation destinations, particularly for active outdoor lovers. No cars are allowed on the island so you have to walk, ski, bike or ride horseback to get around. I created this simple little map for an article published in the January 2017 issue of Country Extra magazine.
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Cape Breton

Cape Breton Island is part of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The island has developed a significant tourism industry thanks to its abundance of natural beauty, deep sense of Scottish culture, and hospitality of it’s residents (affectionately known as “Capers”). This fun map took up a full page and was overlaid with location photos from around the island. It was published in the August/September 2017 issue of Country magazine.
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Sierra Nevada

This map was created for a feature story about things to do in winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains of eastern California. It appeared in the 2018 December/January issue of Country magazine.
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Porcupine Mountains

Here’s a map I created to accompany a travel story in the Oct/Nov 2018 issue of Country magazine. The map ended up filling a two-page spread with gorgeous scenic photos laid over it. This is high on my list of places to hike next year!  
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Shipwreck Coast

There is a stretch of coastline along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that is often referred to as the Shipwreck Coast or the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. Some 300 ships have met their fate along this stretch of Lake Superior’s shoreline roughly between Whitefish Bay’s Point Iroquois to Grand Marais. The most famous of these is the S.S Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in a wicked November ’75 storm just 17 miles off the shore of Whitefish Point. This map was featured in a story on the Shipwreck Coast published in Country magazine [August/September 2017].
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Cheyenne

I visited the Wyoming town of Cheyenne in 2017 to witness the spectacle of their famous Frontier Days. It’s a huge outdoor rodeo and western celebration, held annually since 1897. It’s billed as the largest of its kind in the world, drawing nearly 200,000 annually. I wrote a feature story about it in the March 2018 issue of Country Extra magazine. This map helped set the stage for photos of some of my experiences on that trip. (Note: if you’re into American history, especially of the Old West, visiting Cheyenne is a must!)
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Cuba Eco-Trip

This map was commissioned for promotional use to outline a guided eco-trip through Cuba. The numbers indicate each of the 11 days spent touring the island. Each of the numbers corresponds to a list of activities for each day. This map is strictly informative, meant only to show the primary route and places visited during the trip.  
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Door County

Door County is definitely one of my favorite places to visit in Wisconsin. I love it’s small towns, cherry orchards, beautiful shorelines and nautical history. This map was created to accompany a travel feature in Country Extra magazine May 2016.
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Route 66

Route 66, “The Mother Road, is America’s most famous and historic stretch of highway. It links Chicago, Illinois in the east to Santa Monica, California in the west. I made this map showing the Illinois section of Route 66, to accompany a feature as published in the July 2016 issue of Country Extra magazine.
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Martinique

Windsurfing Now magazine asked me to create a series of 3 maps for a feature story in their Summer 2018 issue. This one of the island of Martinique depicts a challenging route one young surfer took around the windward side of the Caribbean island.
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Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky is best known as The Horse Capital of the World, and if you love all things equine a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park is an absolute requirement. It is also a popular destination for fans of bluegrass music and Civil War history. Oh, and if you like bourbon (America’s only native spirit), Lexington is home of the world-famous Bourbon Trail, which includes 13 distilleries with tasting rooms. This map appeared as part of a travel feature in the April/May 2017 issue of Country magazine.
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Milwaukee

I’ve lived in Brew City for many years and wanted to create a map that would serve as a tribute to the many things that make Milwaukee a “great city on a Great Lake!” This map was published on the website They Draw and Travel. (Below: map on a coffee mug; an early concept sketch)
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European Tour

My daughter recently traveled to Europe for the first time with a high school-sponsored educational tour group. They visited sites in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. I made this fun map to highlight some of the unique things she saw and did along the way. I am a fan of Swedish artist Olle Eksell (1918-2007) and I chose a color palette and overall style as an homage to his whimsical colors and illustrations. I made prints available for purchase to the families of the other students who went on the trip. I matted and framed this map and have it displayed on a shelf where my daughter can view it and recall fond memories.
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Haunted Chicago

I’m a big fan of Halloween and the TV show Ghost Adventures… and it was in that “spirit” that I was inspired to create this map of haunted sites around the Windy City. Chicago has a dark history of death, destruction and disaster. I challenged myself to use a limited color palette to create a nighttime/spooky mood. I’ve always loved the artwork of Edward Gorey (1925-2000) and added a few touches as an homage to his unique style. The horizontal format is a bit unorthodox but it suits the content pretty well; it also matches the required dimensions for the site They Draw and Travel. The research required to accurately arrange this map took more hours than planned, and also led me down some interesting rabbit holes. For example, I never really knew about the tragedy of the S.S. Eastland (844 passengers were killed, more than on the Titanic!) or about the horrific fire at the Iroquois Theatre (more than 600 people perished).  I also didn’t know that Room 441 of the Congress Plaza Hotel was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s short story, 1408. There are way more reportedly haunted locations in Chicago than I could include on this map, but I […]
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Ballito

Ballito is a lovely little holiday town which lies on the Dolphin Coast of South Africa’s eastern shores. It’s a popular destination for newlyweds, beachgoers, adventure seekers and nature lovers. I was asked to redesign the map they use to promote their various estates, country clubs, schools, shopping centers and beaches. The map will be featured as a center spread in a regional magazine produced by 88FM Radio Life & Style. After working on this map I have totally fallen in love with the place!
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Mallorca

Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) is the largest of the Balearic islands, lying in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain. It is a popular vacation destination for Europeans seeking sun-soaked R & R. This simplified map uses a geometric, graphic style to accompany a travel article about travel around the island. A lack of embellishments, such as icons and labels, allows the map to quickly communicate essential information and keep the viewer’s attention on the photos around it.
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Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas National Park is comprised of 7 individual islands 70 miles west of Key West, with Garden Key being the largest and most visited. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the small island is perhaps most well-known for the largest all-brick masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere: Fort Jefferson, an old Civil War-era prison and military fortress. Nearly thirty years in the making (1846-1875), Fort Jefferson was never finished nor fully armed. Today it is operated by the National Park Service and serves not only to educate visitors to it’s important place in history, but also as a protected and pristine sanctuary for undersea life and nesting and migratory birds. This vacation map was commissioned to capture the memories of a day-trip to Dry Tortugas National Park — bright, fun and full of life!
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Guadeloupe

This is an illustrated map of the island of Guadeloupe, part of the French West Indies in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea. The main butterfly-shaped landmass of Guadeloupe is actually two islands separated by a salt river and connected by two bridges. I created this map for birders visiting the island in search of Guadeloupe’s bird species, most notably the island’s sole endemic species: the Guadeloupe Woodpecker. I’ve marked some of the primary birding locations (called Important Bird Areas), the largest of which is the Guadeloupe National Park. This map was made for BirdsCaribbean for their 22nd Annual Conference in Guadeloupe, scheduled for July 25-29, 2019. The Caribbean is home to over 500 species of bird, including 172 species that are endemic to the region and found nowhere else in the world. In fact, there are over 100 bird species in the Caribbean that only live on one island. Overall, 59% of the resident birds—the ones that don’t migrate—in the region are endemic. The abundance of endemic species is one reason why the region is considered a biodiversity hotspot, and why conservation in the region is so important.
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Blues Highway

U.S. Highway 61 is perhaps better known as America’s Blues Highway, as some of the country’s biggest blues legends got their start in towns along this route. This map I created for Guesthouse at Graceland Hotel is meant to offer a sampling of the historic things to see from Memphis to New Orleans. You can read more about this exciting road adventure on the Guesthouse blog here.
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Cuba

Digital map of Cuba's cultural treasures
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Athens

This map of Athens, Greece (and neighboring islands) was commissioned for use in orienting and informing attendees at a corporate sales conference in the region in June. It is supplemented by a detail map of the resort area (below), to highlight a few noteworthy buildings around the grounds of the hotel complex. The background was painted with watercolor while the icons and type were rendered digitally in Photoshop.  
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Playa Vista

This real estate map was commissioned by a realtor in Playa Vista, California. Nicknamed “Silicon Beach” for it’s mass influx of big tech companies like Google, YouTube and Yahoo, this chic beachside community is only 15 miles southwest of L.A. and feels like the hippest and most happening young community on the West Coast! This map began as a watercolor painting (for the foundation) but everything else is digitally created. There are more than 65 individual buildings on this map, each created in the realistic architectural design of the real place. All 29 beautiful public parks and green spaces (and a few of their landscape and sculptural features) are also shown. Countless hours were spent in researching every single property and drawing each to be recognizable to anyone familiar with the neighborhood. I was sure to include plenty of people doing some of the things that make Playa Vista a fun and enjoyable place to live — shopping, sports, live music and dancing, food trucks and dog parks. This map is approximately 11″ x 17″ wide and has a TON of stuff going on, so I’ve included a couple close-up views to show off the details. It will be printed […]
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Fence Lake

I was commissioned to create a map for a family’s 40th reunion at their favorite cottage on Fence Lake in northern Wisconsin. This map will be printed and framed as a wall hanging, and also printed on paper coasters to be used by all the guests. What a super fun idea!
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Guanacaste

I used a Tombow calligraphy pen (one of my favorites!) to create the lines for this map. This was a concept design for a map to accompany a magazine story about surfing along the beautiful northeast coast of Costa Rica. Using only black ink lines and type — and sacrificing color and icons — allows for a simple, no-frills map style that helps orient the reader without distracting too much from the photos on the page.
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Milwaukee River Watersheds

I created this map for a conservation/research organization who needed a quality map of the watershed system of the Milwaukee River. Located in southeastern Wisconsin, the Milwaukee River Basin encompasses approximately 900 square miles of  land and contains around 500 miles of perennial streams, 400 miles of intermittent streams, 35 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 57 named lakes and many small lakes and ponds. [Source: Wisconsin DNR] This map is available for purchase, contact me here for more information!    
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Doctors Park

The Milwaukee County Parks Department commissioned me to create this illustrated map of Doctors Park, one of over 150 parks in the county part system. In total, there are roughly 15,000 acres of green space containing hiking and nature trails, golf courses, dog parks, beaches, community centers, botanical gardens and beer gardens. Located on the border of Fox Point and Bayside on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Doctors Park offers 49 acres of mature woodland situated on a bluff above a pebbly beach. Dr. Joseph Schneider was a German immigrant who practiced ophthalmology and otology in Milwaukee for 45 years. He enjoyed gardening and nature and wanted to ensure that others could enjoy the lakefront property that gave him and his family so much enjoyment. Upon his death in 1927 he willed his private property to the city for “recreational purposes by my fellow citizens: that such natural beauty as it possesses be maintained and that it be devoted also as a refuge for wild birds.” Because of his (and my) love of birds, I emphasized a few of the most common avian species that would be encountered in this park. I added labels on the plants and animals help […]
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Las Vegas

I was commissioned by a client in Las Vegas to design two maps for a Moke vehicle company. They want to provide drivers with these maps to show various resorts and attractions they can see along The Strip and Downtown. Moke vehicles have a maximum speed of 25 mph, so it was important that the maps clearly depicted the designated routes.  
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