I am exhausted but happy! After six weeks of seclusion in Panama
where I painted each day, I met with more than fifteen hundred of
you over the weekend at the Barn Show. My sense of isolation is gone!
Pat on rides high in the rain at Mount Pleasant.
On Thursday before the three days of Barn Open House, I was at the
home of long time Washington friends, David and Joan Berensen. It
was sadly a wet afternoon for the unveiling of the historic marker
for their home, Mount Pleasant. Regardless of the rain, I could not
resist climbing aboard the John Deere vintage tractor I had included
in my painting of Mount Pleasant. There are two possessions I have
always longed for, a horse of my own and a John Deere tractor. I travel
too much to look after a horse and Malcolm considers me too adventurous
a driver to be trusted not to turn over a tractor.
Tom and Debbie Samples and family from Cincinati met with Pat at
There were many highlights during the three days at the Barn. Meeting
collectors and seeing their appreciation of my painting efforts completes
the circle of my creation. A painitng starts with an idea in my head.
After the idea has matured, I begin to create the image on paper or
canvas. Sometimes the process progresses rapidly and other times it
evolves slowly like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. When the image
reaches the point where it fully satisfies me, I pass it to Jake and
he and his team initiate the printing stage. The final stage for me
is when you, the collectors, let me know if I have succeeded in giving
you a work you understand and enjoy. The Barn Show is a time of confirmation
for me. It reassures me and renews my energies. Thank you all who
came to see me and a special thank you to Nona Drumheller for singing
so beautifully The Star Spangled Banner.
Next weekend I will be at the Foundation's
Education Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia, and from there
I go on to the Collcectors'
Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After the Convention, Malcolm
and I will take a couple of days off to visit my son Chris and his
family in New York.
Jake at work before his lunchtime birthday surprise.
Happy 40th birthday to Jake, Malcolm's son, who heads up our wonderful
staff and keeps our business going in the right direction.
Love to you,