The Saratoga Sun -

The Stampede has slowed, but it is not over

Jerry and Ann Palen discuss life, work and arthritis


Erik Gantt

Jerry Palen sifts through works in progress at the drawing table in his studio. Palen said he designed his studio to have north facing windows in order to provide the most desired light.

Jerry Palen, Creator and artist of "Stampede," the largest rural cartoon series in the United States and Canada, isn't letting rheumatoid arthritis stop his creative flow.

Jerry and his wife Ann have settled down in their home at the Saratoga Inn subdivision where he now creates his cartoons, paintings and bronzes. Jerry said, "I just can't work under the stress of the deadlines because some days I will be fine and some days I'll be so swollen up you wouldn't even recognize me." He now walks with a cane and is on a regimen of powerful drugs, some of which he feels slow his mind down. Howeve...

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