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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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Cuba

Digital map of Cuba's cultural treasures
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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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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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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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