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Featured in “GEMS” group 1/9/11
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If anyone is following this current series of the ‘old’ paintings from my ‘ancient’ past, then this unfinished work is next. It’s the place I spent two years at while not checking in to see if my draft notice had actually arrived. This is the view across Montego Bay from the veranda of the 80 year old Victorian style beach house, now Stacy’s Hillsview Guesthouse (in 1965.) I lived there for two years until I returned to USA in 1967, was drafted into the army and served as a ‘combat artist’ in the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta of Viet Nam.
In late Oct. 2015 I received a unique *COMMENT on Redbubble on this work from someone who had discovered it by Goggling “Ann Stacy Russell” and found reference to this painting. IF curious you can go to the comment (about # 50) and read the news I received that Stacy had passed away in Florida a week or so before. I’ve been in touch with Kathy and old detailed memories have been flowing through my dreams since. This image is now in ‘memorial’ to Stacy and she requested her friends to place her ashes into the sea of Montego Bay in front of where her guesthouse once stood. Isn’t life a constant wonder?*
[[the message dated late Oct. 2015: Hi James, Sad news that Stacy died last week. I don’t know if she knew about your artwork but to the end she loved the fine arts and all things beautiful. I knew her all my life (I grew up in Jamaica). She was a beautiful, intelligent person – clear of mind with a zest for life you would not believe – till the end. Stacy’s ashes will be scattered in the sea you have here – across from what was her old guest house. I have 3 photos my mother asked me to send you – of Stacy then and now. I am not sure how to get them to you and would appreciate an email address. Mom said she remembers the guest house exactly as you painted it – she remembers spending a lot of time on that porch (with the mongoose and parrot too). Although I was young – even I remembered the animals.]]
It was an experiment at the time to try and capture the unique and wonderful goings on at this establishment. Thus the modified entry walk, the nude and map of Jamaica up in the Almond tree leaves. I submit it here as part of my growing retrospective and in homage to Stacy and all the characters who made it up the walk. I never considered it ‘finished’ but it’s likely the only image of the now demolished beautiful wooden beach house.
The 40″ × 30″ Masonite board was painted with interior water base house paint with colorized additives. My oil paints disappeared, so inexpensive house paints and mixing colorants were acquired at the local hardware store.
2014 + 2015 added this art to some RB Products. ;-)))