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This birthday card by David Liverett features a Mud Tavern barn.
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This birthday card by David Liverett features a Mud Tavern barn.

Line of greeting cards features Decatur High grad's drawings

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

Pen and ink illustrator David Liverett of Anderson, Ind., a 1961 Decatur High School graduate, got two surprises in December.

One came like a winter chill. Doctors diagnosed him with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell, an incurable but treatable disease.

The other surprise was uplifting. Warner Press, headquartered in Anderson, asked him about using several of his drawings for a line of greeting cards. The drawings appear in his books, "When Hope Shines Through," which includes a series of lighthouses published in 2001, and "Light from the Barn," published last year.

The company chose four separate sketches for each set of a dozen cards. The lighthouses are included in "Light for the Journey," a box of encouragement cards.

The barn drawings, featuring a barn on Mud Tavern Road, are in a box set of birthday cards called "Bountiful Harvest." The cards have Scripture verses.

Liverett said the first time he saw a printed card was when a Warner Press employee sent him one. He said there's irony in the fact that he originally produced a series of greeting cards before settling on the book idea.

"It was so labor intensive, it wasn't cost effective," he said. "I work 15 to 20 hours on each illustration. It is wonderful to have a large company producing the cards with a marketing plan."

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., Liverett's alma mater, Anderson University, will host a reception honoring him at the Wilson Gallery in the Ellnora Decker Krannert Fine Arts Center, followed by an art show. There will be a short film presentation and unveiling of a self-portrait.

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