Although this book starts in the small, obscure Illinois town of Hunt City, it moves at a brisk pace to Chicago, France, Brazil, North Carolina, and Vermont. En route the author follows his dream as an artist wherever it leads. In Chicago he finds more than an art education when he gets a job with the noted political cartoonist, G.W. French. At the age of 21 Dad enlisted in the Army and soon landed in the trenches near Ouge, France, not far from his oldest brother, Victor, in Dijon. After the armistice he returned to Chicago to successfully pursue his commercial art career. His 13 years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, began in l925, when he joined Victor in his thriving portrait art business. The Brazilian art work in Dad's book was painted during this period, and in 1938 he returned to the United States. The commercial art world had changed during the artist's long absence in Brazil, and his reentry into the field was not successful. However, a series of fortuitous events found Dad buying a small farm in the Vermont village of Newbury. During his twenty year residence there, Dad met many well known New England artists; Paul Sample, Maxfield Parish, Norman Rockwell, A.T. Hibbard, to name but a few. He organized many years of art exhibits in his barn in conjunction with Newbury's popular Cracker Barrel Bazzar. The draw of so many well known artists among the more than sixty who annually exhibited there, made these events very successful. Dad also found time to paint many local barns, maple sugar mills, bridges, and characters of interest. When Dad returned to Illinois in 1959, his artwork turned to grain elevators and other ubiquitous Midwestern scenes. Many of his paintings were photographed for this book, which contains 70 illustrations of Dad's artwork and related photos.
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