Title: "Arlene in Minnesota • 1928"
Arlene fed the cows, churned the butter, did the laundry and put the meals on the table. The third Wednesday of every month she set those things aside and spent the day somewhere near Paris with Mr. Proust, the Comtesse Greffulhe and occasionally, Princesse Helene Soutzo. Her two lives were always intertwined, but never joined. It was simply a matter of "Coulommiers" on one hand and American Cheddar on the other.
Category: Mixed Media Drawing
Date of Work: June 28, 2004
Size Unframed: 8" x 8"
Medium:Pencil, colored pencil, watercolor and gouache
Substrate: Gesseoed wood panel
The flower in the blue vase is a Prarie Rose which is native to Minnesota
The Cows are British Friesian and the Mousse is strawberry
In the collection of Ruth West and Bob Wells
Title: The Unexpected Birthday Guest
Sometime in the 1840s. Gideon sat by himself in his garden on a moonlight, birthday night. He looked much as he had for Mr. Brady when he was photographed, but on this evening his countenance was surely enhanced by its surroundings: the full moon, the roses and the fabulous, oh so lavish, gateau. It was wrong of him to keep the event to himself and try as he might that plan didn’t work. Various creatures convened to help celebrate including one very unexpected guest.
Date of Work: February 2004
Size Framed: 23 3/8" x 23 3/8"
Size Unframed: 20" x 20"
The Moth: Utethesia Bella - Bella Moth
The Beetle: Dynastis Tityus - Hercules Beetle
The Bird: Nyctanassa violacea -Yellow Crowned Night Heron
The photo of the unidentified subject is by Mathew Brady
Title: The Nawab of Chawnepore
Sub Text: Mr. Gladstone suggested balance while India was bleeding into London's teacups. In the great confusion of things Indian and British the Nawab of Chawnepore retained his dignity. Victoria and subjects, interlopers all, hid behind a mask of social and moral reform. A mask that could not hide the truth of their greed. As H. L. Mencken said: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it".
Date of Work: Completed - September 2001
Size Framed: 43" x 37"
Size Unframed: 36"x30"
Medium: Acrylic and collage
Title: Chester Reinventing Himself
Chester adopted the name Georgio and dove into the study of New Age thought and the supernatural. He kept the writings of Annie Besant and Madame Blavatsky at his side to light his path and under the gaze of the watchful, All Seeing Eye, he changed his hairstyle and researched his sterling silver ancestry to find the enlightened that came before. He practiced at conjuring fire from thin air, levitating porcelain bowls and producing exotic flowers unknown to any gardener in this earthly realm. As he progressed, the Veil of Isis parted, the blackness of infinity rushed toward him and his life opened up. Now there was no going back.
Date of Work: November 10, 2008
Size Unframed: 7 1/4" x 9"
Medium: Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic and Graphite
Substrate: Prepared birch plywood panel
Collection - Tom and Carol Benjamin - Maryland