Sunday, June 19, 2011

Meet Donnie Mather

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! It is late at our doghouse in Shepherdsville. I should be in the bed but since I had a long nap after church today, Mom and Dad said I could stay up later.

A few weeks ago, I told you how sad we were that our illustrator, Paul Brett Johnson, had passed away. We still miss talking to PBJ (that's what Chloe and I called him). Chloe and I are sure that PBJ is in heaven drawing fun pictures and making everyone happy! We were so lucky to have worked with PBJ. That man had talent!

We are very happy to announce that we have found another artist that is overflowing with talent. We want to introduce you to our brand new illustrator, Donnie Mather. Donnie Mather was born in Indiana, but was raised in Kentucky. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School. He attended Elizabethtown Community College as an art major before he joined the Air Force. After the Air Force, he received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art from Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver. For the past 25 years, Mr.Donnie has worked as a technician for Cox Communications, while also freelancing in designs and illustrations. He married his wife Sally in 2008, has 2 step-sons and 3 grandchildren.

We asked Mr. Donnie what he liked to do for fun. He built this beautiful 1923 T-bucket car. Isn't it incredible? Can you imagine how cool I would look riding around in the T-Bucket with my blue shades? He also has a DJ business and provides music for weddings and parties. He loves country music. So do we! Chloe was listening to Loretta Lynn on her iBone today. She was singing You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man. My sister has the prettiest singing voice! Anyway, back to Mr. Donnie, he has a 14 year old Sheba Enu named Sammy. Mr. Donnie likes to eat Mac-and-Cheese, cheeseburgers, oranges, and grapes. When we read Mr. Donnie had a dog, liked country music and Mac-and-Cheese, we knew he was the man for the job!

We can't wait for you to see his illustrations! They are awesome, incredible, terrific, fantastic - I could go on listing adjectives all night! Anyway, you can see his illustrations the week of September 12th when our new serial story, Doghouse Divided premiers. We know you're going to love it! Who knows - we may give you a sneak peek here on our blog, so stay tuned!

Mom just said, "Woody, lights out in 5 minutes!" I better sign off, brush my teeth, and say my bedtime prayers. G'night, everyone! Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite! Oh, and Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!