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Donna Jean Carver sits on the couch in her Willmar townhome under the watchful eye of a herd of elephants. Carver has painted numerous murals on the walls of her home, many that look like a scene from Africa. Carver said she gets her inspiration from watching Animal Planet channel. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

Lions and tigers - on the wall? Oh my!


Entering the home of Donna Jean Carver of Willmar, one may think they've been caught up in an African safari.

The 70-year-old artist began with one animal mural on a single wall.

"I get obsessed when I start a new painting," Carver said. "I sometimes even forget to eat."

Three months later and plenty of skipped meals later, nearly every wall inside her Willmar townhome has been transformed into an animal kingdom, with Carver's hand-painted animal murals.

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