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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!

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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."

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