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About the Artist: Jim Mehsling, "Inspired by Wind in the Willows"

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About the Artist
Jim Mehsling

Artist Jim Mehsling currently works at an advertising agency in Lincoln, Nebraska as an illustrator and animator. Jim has a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he majored in painting and drawing. Jim studied classical animation in Vancouver Canada. He also teaches computer Illustration at Southeast Community College and continues to work on various personal projects.

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Animated shorts can be viewed at:

Artwork Interpretation
"Inspired by Wind in the Willows"

Location: Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S Coddington Ave.

The idea for this painting is based on Kenneth Grahame's Children's book The Wind and The Willows. I thought a scene depicting the anthropomorphized characters of Ratty, Mole, Mr. Toad and Mr. Badger would immediately bridge the gap between Human beings in everyday life and our animal counterparts.


Watershed Education: 2009 Artistic Rain Barrel Program