This book is the story of the Polytechnic High School cornerstone, stolen during demolition of the school in 1987. The cornerstone was ransomed and preserved by alumni members, and will be rededicated to the former school grounds on its 100 year anniversary in late 2014.
I was born in Ansbach, Germany, educated in Germany and immigrated to America at the age of 21. I was introduced to art by my father, a professional baker, who made his cakes and pastries a work of art. His cake decorating style was admired by many. I have worked in a variety of mediums such as water- color, pastels, acrylics and oils. I take my inspiration from the world around me. Nature itself provides us with so many subjects to paint. In some of my work, I combine realism with abstract, contemporary with impressionism. For me painting offers solitude, relaxation and total escape from daily life. I enjoy working with a variety of tools, laying the colors onto the canvas, and watching the painting come alive. Occasionally I like to step out of my box and write a book. I find much joy submitting my thoughts and ideas onto paper, and seeing the finished product emerge. The greatest joy I get is when people tell me how much they enjoyed reading or viewing my new book.
I am the Polytechnic High School Cornerstone, and this is my Journey. By Marianne Eichenbaum Published September 25, 2014
My Journey as a Painter Published August 25, 2013