I left New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment for the Lake Life in Wisconsin. Summer 2014 will forever be the most memorable for all the blessings I received. A new mortgage free home thanks to the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) tops the list for the life altering gifts. What I thought was too good to be true was real and my gratitude towards the MWSF is never ending.
The new home includes a basement gallery and art studio. I feel like it was custom made for me and my work. The summer projects are a culmination of works dedicated to making the house a livable space with personalized decorum.
A free dresser found on a curb side was the first project. As ugly as it was I begrudgingly loaded it up and took it away. My mom said to paint it, so I took her advise. She thought a solid color would work but I had other plans. With 5 drawers, the top, and two sides turned into 8 separate paintings. I enjoyed each step making the lake scenes come to life.
The next big canvass was started in my living room, inspired by a painting at Benelux restaurant in Milwaukee. I tweaked the scene to include the rolling country roads that dominate the corn field and silo filled landscape of my new home.
The official key presentation for the Delavan house was in front of 80,000 Badger fans in Madison Wisconsin. There were interviews on the field and at the home. The art studio was transformed into a TV Production studio. I filled the walls with work from the past 25 years. To include a few new oils.
I look forward to many years of painting the days and nights away in my own little Wisconsin piece of heaven.