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sven

Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I have been able to reconnect with friends scattered far and wide. One of my first social media re-connections was with a college friend, Sven Johnson.

An amazingly talented artist, I was not the least bit surprised by his success combining his passion for craft with architectural acumen.  Check out his website and be wowed, like I am.  He breathes life into design, helps us mere mortals envision the goal.  I’ve seen his illustrations in a PBS documentary, No Tomorrow.

A few months ago, he started to post gorgeous images of butterflies.  I contacted him about selling me one and we worked out a deal. Now, I have a gorgeous print by an amazing artist adorning the kitchen of my new house.  In our notes back and forth working out the details, we discussed how this image should have a sexier name than “Butterfly #17.” Sven connected it to Lady MacBeth and when I received the package in the mail from him, a handwritten note was enclosed in an envelope that said:

“Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” ~ MacBeth, Scene IV

cropped-butterflysven1.jpgCheck out his website and be wowed, like I am. He breathes life into design, helps us mere mortals envision the goal. I saw his illustrations in a PBS documentary, No Tomorrow. Occasionally, Sven posts combinations of poetry and artwork on his Facebook page, which always perks me up.

A few months went by, I started this new blog by picking a standard Blogger format that spoke to me. After a couple of days, I looked at the red header and at the butterfly on my wall and thought, “HEY!”  Same, same.  I asked Sven if I could use the artwork on my blog and he generously agreed. Please, check out his business website, Sven Johnson Illustration. And see more butterflies at his art and words website and etsy store.

Thank you Sven!