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A creative life is not for the timid. Living life creatively means taking risks and being willing to fail. This is the story of my journey to become an artist.

When I saw a small announcement in the local paper for a new school opening 16 years ago, I had no idea that it would lead me around the world or that it would lead to a new career. The ad was for the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.   As a lifelong gardener, I was drawn to sign up.

I began by painting watercolors of plants near my Minneapolis home.

But then I went farther afield. In 2004, I went in search of a plant that only blooms three days a year. It was a long journey, including a transpacific flight, an overnight ferry, a rickety bus, a cottage infested with flying termites, and a two hour hike through a steaming hot jungle. My guides led me to the Rafflesia – an amazing plant that lives inside the root of a vine 362 days a year and then one day appears and, almost like magic, expands to three feet in diameter. My Rafflesia painting became my first piece of artwork exhibited in a show at the Bakken Museum.

My passion for flowers led me back to Asia. Next, I went with the late artist Dianne Aigaki to Tibet – a place I fell in love with. A local plant expert guided my way, allowing me to paint plants that grow on the highest plateau in the world.

Two years later, I joined a small group of botanical artists in pursuit of the illusive Blue Poppy that grows at 13,000 feet, again in Tibet. We slept in a huge black tent alongside a nomad family of five, one small dog, and 24 baby yaks. Out travels paid off – we found the blue poppy. The plant is beautifully blue but dangerous. Its stem, leaves, and flower are guarded by sturdy sharp thorns. With great care, I dug up one of the plants and spent countless hours painting it both in watercolors and later on silk.

As I grew as an artist, my love of luxurious silks began to influence my work (I’ve been a seamstress for my entire life). I became enamored with silk paintings done with a special dye (made specifically for silk). The colors are amazing, vibrant, and enchanting.

For the past four years I have painted mostly on silk with occasional forays back to watercolor.

I have had the great opportunity to take classes from two of the best silk painters in the country Karen Sistek in Port Angles, WA and Nancy Cawdrey in Big Fork, MT.

I have also studied with world-renowned botanical artists including Elaine Searle of Norfolk, England; Katie Lee of Connecticut; Alexandar (Sasha) Viazmensky of St Petersburg, Russia; John Pastoriza Pinol of Australia; and Kate Nessler of Arkansas.

I paint what I love and I hope that passion shows in my work. I invite you to spend some time with my painting and see if one calls to you.

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FRAMED PAINTINGS link to this group

SPRING PEONIES

Hand painted dye on silk then mounted on acid free foam core before being framed in beautiful wood frame.

48″ x 41″

You can purchase a tunic or hoodie with the same design printed on it. Find them in the clothing area of this virtual store. 

 

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DELICATE IRIS

              

This delicate flower is has a mix of vivid, deep purples and almost blinding yellow – meaning it can be seen from a great distance.

Dye on silk.

Framed 32″x38″

 

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HERON AT REST SOLD

Want a painting to calm you? This Heron at Rest might just be the ticket.
Dye on Silk Mounted on Canvas
30″ x 35″

 

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HERON WITH HIS LUNCH

Dye painted on silk.

Then mounted on canvas.

44″ x 44″

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FIELD OF POPPIES

California is alight with fields of poppies every spring.

Dye on silk.

Framed

46″ x 20″

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SPECTACULAR GREEN IRIS

The color of this spectacular iris stopped me in my tracks and compelled me to put paint brush to silk and capture its glory.

Dye on silk and framed in a narrow dark brown frame.

17″ x 20″

 

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IGUANA

What little boy or girl won’t love an iguana of their own? Hand painted dye on silk the colors of this creature almost jump off the painting.

Framed

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IRIS A PLENTY

Found in a field of iris at the Minnesota Arboretum, these beauties demanded the attention of my brush.

Dye on silk.

Framed

41″ x 33″

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IRIS, IRIS EVERWHERE

The Minnesota Arboretum has countless varieties of iris.

These are but a few of the many varieties.

Framed WATERCOLOR

39″ x 52″

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PURPLE IRIS, A SURE SIGN OF SPRING

One of spring’s gift to us all is the beautiful iris.

Captured beautifully, this hand painted dye on silk will liven up a corner of your home.

Framed

16″ x 25″

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STUNNING DHALIA

The beauty of this stunning dhalia is captured in the luminosity of the silk it is painted on.  Special dye is used to paint the silk which then is steamed at 212 degrees to set the dye.

Framed and behind glass

39″ x 32″

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SUNFLOWERS

Sunflowers sway in the fields of western Minnesota and North Dakota.

Dye on silk.

Framed

22″ x 29″

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WHITE WATER LILY

White beauty

Dye on silk

Framed 27″ x 24″

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WHITE TULIP

Double white tulip found at the Minnesota Arboretum.

It caught my eye and so it became a dye on silk.

Framed

24″ x 24″

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BLUE POPPY OF TIBET

I found this blue poppy at 13,000 feet in the mountains of Tibet and sat right down to paint it. It lives in a harsh climate and the plant had adapted to protect itself by having thorns everywhere – even on the flower itself.

Dye on silk.

Mounted on canvas

12″ x 24″

 

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HERON AT THE WATER’S EDGE

Dye on silk

Framed

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THE FAMOUS KAUAI CHICKEN

The Kauai chicken is recognizable to anyone who has visited Kauai. They roam freely all over the island. Their numbers may be larger than the numbers of tourists who visit them.

Dye on silk.

Framed.

18″ x 22″

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MOOSE AT REST

Colorful moose seen near Hormer Alaska.

Dye on silk

Framed

 

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POPPIES IN THE WIND

Dye on silk

Framed under glass

24″ x 35″

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PEONY AND BUD

Single poppy and bud on dramatic black background.

Dye on silk.

Framed

15″ x 31″

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PURPLE IRIS

Dye on silk

Framed

16″ x 20″

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TULIP FROM DOWNUNDER

Dramatic view of a glorious red tulip.

Dye on silk.

Framed and under glass

28″ x 21″

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BIRDS OF PARADISE

 

Birds of Paradise captured on watercolor.

Framed

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JACK IN THE PULPIT

Dye on silk mounted on canvas

16″ x 20″

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PURPLE MUM

One purple and one blue mum painting.

Can be paired or purchased separately.

Dye on silk.

Framed.

16″ x 30″

$500 for the pair

$300 each

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BLUE MUMS

One purple and one blue mum painting.

Can be paired or purchased separately.

Dye on silk.

Framed.

16″ x 30″

$500 for the pair

$300 each

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A PAIR OF MUMS

One purple and one blue mum painting.

Can be paired or purchased separately.

Dye on silk.

Framed.

16″ x 30″

$550 for the pair

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CLOTHING link to this group

WEAR A GARDEN

Using the designs of my original silk paintings these hoodies and tunics are stylish, comfortable and machine washable.

The scarves & camisoles are all original, one of a kind hand painted dye on silk.  The silk will feel like air and wear like iron.  Hand washable.

IRIS HOODIE

 

A virtual garden of iris will surround you when you wear this hoodie. The design is from an original painting done by Vicki

Machine washable.

 Polyester & Spandex

The iris design is perfectly matched so that pockets are hidden and the zipper fades into the background.

Four pockets: two inside, two outside.

Available Sizes: Small, Medium, and Large

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POPPY HOODIE

Large, dramatic poppies take center stage in this sporty hoodie with a white background. The printed design on the tunic is from an original dye on silk painting done by Vicki.

Machine washable.  Polyester & Spandex

The poppy design is perfectly matched so that pockets are hidden and the zipper fades into the background.

 Four pockets : two inside, two outside.

 

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Peony Hoodie

 

 Large, luxurious pink and white peonies are reproduced from one of Vicki’s  painting to create this dramatic work of art.

Large peonies on a black background.

Machine washable.

 Polyester & Spandex

The peony design is perfectly matched so that pockets are hidden and the zipper fades into the background.

Four pockets: two inside, two outside.

Size: Medium

 

 

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IRIS TUNIC

 

The iris tunic with its diagonal lines will make almost anyone look taller and slimmer.  The delicate iris radiates spring. The deep purple and bright yellow iris are set off wonderfully by the contrasting black and off white background.

 

The designs on the tunics are from original dye on silk paintings done by Vicki Underland-Rosow.  Made of bamboo/lycra these tunics feel wonderful on the skin and wash beautifully.  The sleeves are three quarter with a matching cuff.  The tunic bottom is cut with the sides longer – a sliming effect.
Immediately available  in small, medium, large
Size  extra large can be ordered and should arrive with in two weeks.

Machine washable.

Available Sizes: Small, Medium, and Large

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POPPY TUNIC

This tunic with its large red poppies on a black background stands out in any crowd.The poppies are a stunning red with a black center resulting in a very dramatic top that is casual yet with the right jewelry can become great top for evening wear.

The designs on the tunics are from original dye on silk paintings done by Vicki Underland-Rosow.  Made of bamboo/lycra these tunics feel wonderful on the skin and wash beautifully.  The sleeves are three quarter with a matching cuff.  The tunic bottom is cut with the sides longer – a sliming effect.
Immediately available  in small, medium
Size large & extra large can be ordered and should arrive with in two weeks.

Machine washable.

 

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SUNFLOWER TUNIC

The sunflower is reminiscent of the great fields of sunflowers in the fields of North Dakota. The flower almost glows and is multi-colored with a shadow flower in purple all on an off white background.

The designs on the tunics are from original dye on silk paintings done by Vicki Underland-Rosow.  Made of bamboo/lycra these tunics feel wonderful on the skin and wash beautifully.  The sleeves are three quarter with a matching cuff.  The tunic bottom is cut with the sides longer – a sliming effect.
Immediately available  in small, medium.

Size large & extra large can be ordered and should arrive with in two weeks.

Machine washable.

 

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Poppy Square 40″ Scarf

Spring colors on this poppy make a dramatic statement when worn on black.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

 

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PURPLE AND YELLOW 72″ SCARF

The puple flowers jump off the yellow background making a dramatic statement.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 72” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand washable.  Warm iron.

This item is available for pickup or shipping.

BETTA FISH 40″SQUARE SCARF

Four colorful betta fish, one on each corner keep thes fish safe from one another.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 40” square.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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BLUE SKY 60″ SCARF

Lovely bly and purple sky can been seen in this scarf.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 60” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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BUTTERFLY 40″ SQUARE SCARF

A butterfly on each corner means you can change the look of this scarf each time you wear it.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 40” square.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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FIELD OF IRIS 72″ SCARF

This satiny silk scarf will feel as soft as the petals of the iris it bears.

This original dye on silk scarf is 72″long.””   The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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HOW HIGH THE MOUNTIAN 72″ SCARF

Is it a mountian range that we see in this scarf?

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 72” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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JACKPOT IN GREENS 72″ SCARF

Green is the primary color in this contemporary scarf.

This original dye on silk scarf is 60”” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

 

 

 

 

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KOI FISH 60″ SCARF

This original dye on silk scarf is 60”” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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ORANGE POPPIES ON A BLUE BACKGROUND 72″ SCARF

Pastel orange poppies are highlighted on a blue background.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 72” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

 

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PINK CONTEMPORARY 72″ SCARF

Spring colors in a contemporary design make this scarf lively.

This original dye on silk scarf is 72”” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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RED POPPIES ON A WHITE BACKGROUND 72″ SCARF

Red Poppies pop right off the silk of this beautiful scarf.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 72” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

 

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UNDERWATER WORLD 72″SCARF

Shapes and colors imply an underwater world in this large scarf.

This original dye on silk scarf is a generous 72” long.  The fabric is luxurious and feels fabulous.

Hand wash.  Warm iron.

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CAMISOLE

Hand painted camisole.  Dye on silk.  Size small.

Hand wash.

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PASTLE CAMISOLE

Light blue and purple camisole hand painted.

Dye on silk.

Hand washable.

Size small

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UNFRAMED PAINTINGS link to this group

These unframed original works of art are all discounted 20% for the Art-A-Whirl Curb Side Market.

JIMMY CRICKET

Who doesn’t love a cricket? This colorful guy will bring joy to his new owner.

Dye on silk. Hot pressed onto acid free foam core.

14″ x 10″

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CRAZY CHICKEN

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Ready for framing.

14.5″ x 10″

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SEA HORSE

Lively, colorful sea horse.

Dye on silk.

Heat pressed on acid free foam core.

14″ x 17″

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TURTLE UNDERWATER

Dye on silk

Heat pressed on acid free foam core

15″ x 21″

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PAIR OF PARROTS

Watercolor

Unframed

8″ x 14″

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STONE ARCH BRIDGE

Stone Arch Bridge on watercolor

Unframed 21″ x 16″

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Birds of Paradise Watercolor

HAWAIIAN FLOWERS

Hawaiian flowers

Watercolor

Unframed16″ x 22″

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LIGHT PURPLE IRIS

Watercolor

11″ x 13″

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DANGEROUS PLANT

This plant eats bugs that get too close.

Watercolor

Unframed 14″ x 18″

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PEONIES IN CRYSTAL VASE

Watercolor

Unframed 16″ x 20″

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BAINBERRY

Watercolor

Unframed

16″ x 20″

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BLUE POPPY OF TIBET

Blue Poppy found in Tibet at 13,000 feet

Watercolor

Unframed 15″ x 19″

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DELICATE PURPLE STEM

Watercolor

Unframed

14″ x 23″

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TWO RED MUMS

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Ready for framing.

13″x19.5″

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TIBET

Tibetan woman collecting fuel for fire.

Watercolor

Unframed 15″ x 17″

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SINGLE PURPLE IRIS

Watercolor

Unframed

11″ x 8″

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POPPIES ALL IN A ROW

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core.  Ready for framing.

22″x17″

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PINE ON A HILL

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Ready for framing.

11″x13″

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PETER RABBIT

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Ready for framing.

10.5″ x 13″

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MOOSE AT SUNSET

Dye on silk

Unframed on acid free foam core.  Ready for framing.

20″x16″

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ELEPHANT

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Ready for framing.

10″ x 9.5″

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LARGE SINGLE IRIS

Dye on silk

Heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Unframed

17″ x 28″

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INTO THE HEART OF THE POPPY

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core. Ready for framing.

22″ x 19″

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HOSTA

Watercolor

10″ x 14″

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SINGLE IRIS BUD

Watercolor

Unframed

6″x10″

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SUNFLOWER SEEKING THE SUN

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core.  Ready for framing.

14″x15″

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SPRING BUD

Dye on silk

Unframed heat pressed onto acid free foam core.  Ready for framing.

10″x12″

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FLOWERS DANCING IN THE WIND

Watercolor

Unframed

16″x20″

 

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GREETING CARDS link to this group

Greeting cards printed from dye on silk paintings.  $5 each or 5 for $20. You can choose any combination of of cards.

Kauai Chicken Card

4.21″ x 5.47″ card.  Inside blank.

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POPPIES, POPPIES CARD

4.21″ X 5.47″  Card.  Blank inside.

$5. each or 5 cards for $20.

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HERON CARD

4.21″ X 5.47″  Card.  Blank inside.

$5. each or 5 cards for $20.

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WHITE TULIP CARD

4.21″ X 5.47″ Card.  Blank inside.

$5. each of 5 for $20.

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MOTHER AND BABY

4.21″ X 5.47″  Card.  Blank inside.

$5. each or 5 cards for $20.

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TULIP FROM DOWNUNDER

4.21″ X 5.47″  Card.  Blank inside.

$5. each or 5 cards for $20.

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CARDS

Any 5 cards for $20.

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