For quite a few years now I’ve done an original piece of art for the Delta Theta Tau Sorority of Owen County for an annual fund raising raffle. It’s usually a watercolor or drawing similar to the greeting card and calendar art I used to do. In 2012 it was a trio of Mallard ducklings watching a Red Admiral Butterfly and in 2011 it was a pair of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and a dragonfly. The subject of this year’s piece will be a life size yellow Morel Mushroom that I found last spring here in Owen County growing among three Trilliums with a Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.
I’ve always been fascinated by and drawn to wetlands. I’ve been a longtime member and supporter of Ducks Unlimited and their wetlands preservation efforts. This fall, as in many years past, I’ll have an original piece of art auctioned at our local White River Chapter fund raising dinner in Bloomington, Indiana.
This winter I’ll be doing a painting of the critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow for a client in Florida. It’ll be kind of a throwback to the style of paintings I was doing a lot of back in the eighties. I just hope my eyes are up to it.
A few months ago a man came up to my dad in the grocery store and said he had something he wanted to give him. A few days later he showed up with an original oil painting I had done in my junior year in high school. I was selling paintings in high school and his parents had purchased the piece of two baby Opossums in a hollow tree in 1974. His parents had passed away a few years back and out of the goodness in his heart he wanted me to have it back.
Just a few days ago a lady came into my studio with a matched pair of snow scenes with deer that I had painted in January of 1976 while I was struggling to regain the use of my hands after a severe spinal cord injury. She brought them to me because they needed to be professionally cleaned. I can do cleaning and restoration work on old paintings but this was the first time I’ve ever done it to my own work.