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The Bathyscaphe TriesteThe deep sea submarine was designed by the Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard. On 23 January 1960 Jacques Piccard (on far side, Auguste’s son) and U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh, used it to explore the Marianas trench and the Challenger Deep, where they noted that small flounder and other marine animals existed, proving that life could persist at such crushing depths of the ocean. The ascent back to the surface took over three hours.


The Sow LimousineThis drawing was for a friend’s book. The (true) story is a quintessentially Texas one in which a man buys and puts in the back seat of his sparkling 1950’s Chevrolet, only to have the pig mess up back seat and wind up on the man’s lap on the drive home.



The daughter of a friend.


Reenacting old gloryA Civial war re-enactor hitches a ride through a long gone battlefield, now occupied by modern America.


L Detachment, 2nd Special Air Service Group, North Africa, 1942

Drawn from a reasonably famous photograph of a group of Special Air Service (SAS) raiders in North Africa (L Detachment), the men are identified as (from right): Lt. Edward McDonald, Corporal William “Bill” Kennedy, unknown and Private Frederick Briar.


The Tholos

All that remains of the Tholos of Delphi today are three Corinthian pillars. Originally dedicated to the worship of an Earth Goddess, the temple was eventually supposedly occupied by Olympian deities, especially Athena. The temple, built in the early 4th century BC had an unusual circular shape. This shape and the leaf-adorned capitals of its Corinthian columns are representations of the sacred forest groves of Gaia. Vitruivius Pollio, a 1 Century B.C. Roman writer contends that Theodorus the Phocian was the architect of the structure, although others dispute this.


The Villa Farnese

An extravagant mansion in the town of Capriola, the Villa Farnese took almost a decade and a half to come into being. It consumed the life of its architect, Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, who worked on it until his death in 1573. The design officially falls into the short-lived “mannerism” style. This fashion was supplanted by the Baroque style after 1580. Today the place is officially the home of the President of the the Italian Republic, but in reality, it is empty and open to the public.