In the course of years, I was blessed with the gift of having been able to record much of my child-hood and many moments in time which meant so very much to me. In a matter of moments, what wasn’t purchased by admirers was stolen and other-wise destroyed. Fortunately, I managed to salvage these digital records of my works and take comfort in being able to share them here.
If you ever happen to come across one of these paintings, I would be deeply appreciative if you would contact me immediately to let me know where you found it/them. As I say, most of my works were stolen or orther-wise destroyed. It would do much good for a human heart to know that my efforts and my joys have survived. The best that I can possibly hope for is that most, if not all, are providing some joy, some-where safe, where they were sold, and purchased by some-one who appreciates them.
How odd, I think of the situation, that my works would be SO desired that it behooved some-one to actually and actively steal them. I suppose, in some fashion, it's more a compliment that a common criminal would see fit to take, rather than ask if I'd produce another work for him/her. Of course, the request would be considered, by me, to be of the highest compliment and surely, I'd've enjoyed making a new work or reproduction. (As a matter of fact, I did produce a copy of my first and most-prized work: "SplitRock Falls" which I had wonderfully framed and had presented to a dear Friend. That was many years ago and even the print was received with greatest gratitude and appreciation.)
Oh alas, there will be, amongst us always, those whose intentions are incomprehensibly destructive. We might hope for and expect other-wise, but such feeble-minded moral inferiority always has, still does and sadly, always will be present... in all of Creation. The victims of such actions are not with-out choice of response. Yes, I have my moments of pain from the loss (especially and particularly the loss of my first and most-loved, most-cherished work: SplitRock Falls - Summer), I wish the theives no well, but for the most, I choose to look at the situation as I've already described here, hoping that these paintings and sketches have found their "homes" where they're appreciated and where they can provide some pleasure to those who see them. If they've all been destroyed? Well, better to be destroyed than to provide a criminal with any joy.
Thankfully I have these small images, poor that they might be, of the works, which I can post here. And with equal gratitude, I thank you for coming to look at them and for your interest in them. But as always, I ask that, if you happen to come across any work or works, please drop a line to let me know where and when you discovered it/them. I'd actually like, very much, to know.
Post Date: 31 March 2018 20.45
What has been little more (if nothing other than) a general "blog" on the Internet has, tonight, become a regular "web-site" after days of work, and I'm quite happy about this. All of this work, other-wise gone, missing, stolen, is, at the very least, recorded, to be remembered by me and seen by others. This much makes me happy, to say the least. Yes, I did a LOT of work, from visiting most of the places I've sketched and painted to researching, for archival accuracy (such as the "Smith House" of Newburgh, NY, the old Shongum regions and Downing Park, also of Newburgh), oring through city directories, old history books and the likes. The images were all works of effort and great love and respect, as is this site.
I feel I must offer apologies for the size of the representations of works here though. I am terribly sorry and most saddened that I ca offer only these "thumbnails" of the works, but, as it would be, even many of the original photos are now gone, and most of what I have available at this construction, are images that have been retrieved from other sources... and they are particularly small.
But, all considered, said and done, I'm as happy, satisified and content as can be that there were and are at least, these renderings of the works. They most certainly are representative, serve as evidence of the toil and hard labour, and the love that is in each and every one, no matter how relatively simplistic or detailed.
Like-wise, the work and time that has been invested in the creation of this "site" has been satisfying. Comforting to know that these images, this documentation cannot be stolen away, that it is here and will remain, safely secured, out of the reach of those who might see fit to "acquire" the work for other purposes.
I thank you, as always, for your patience with all of these details and, if you wish, I invite you to contact me with comments, or, perhaps, a request for a commission.
With sincere best wishes & thanks... always.