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This is a painting of St. Lawrence Catholic Church located in the small village of Navarino.   Navarino is about two miles from the farm where I  lived until I went into military service.  I received the sacraments of Baptism and First Communion at St. Lawrence Catholic Chuch.  My mother and father were married in this church as well.  My dad, two brothers and a sister as well as other relatives and friends are buried in the parish cemetary.

9″x 11″

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This is part of the former Nisler dairy farm in Chilton where my wife was was born and grew up.  Joanne left the farm after finishing high school.  She attended Technical School in Appleton.  After graduating she was employed by an Insurance Company.

12″ x 17″ unframed

22″ x 28″ framed

Gus

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Pastel painting of grandson Gus.  Gus is now in 7th grade, a good athlete, a knowledgeable fisherman and loves to fish.  Most of all he is kind, caring  and considerate.

Size: 8″ x 12″

Frank Fox’s Farm

dsc01355Frank, a bachelor worked on our farm quite often.  He was a kind gentle person and a hard worker.  His farm was very small.  He planted a few potatoes, cucumbers and raised a few chickens.   Franks drove a Model A car. He died of a stroke in 1957 or 1958 I believe.  I was still at the Art Institute of Chicago at the time of his death.  Since his death I was able to do an oil and two watercolor paintings of his place.  Frank was a humble man. He would have been very pleased that these paintings represent, to me, an  icon of humility .  At Christmas he usually gave our family a box of  chocolates cherries, probably a large financial sacrifice from his little income.  Frank lived just a quarter mile from our farm.                                                                                Size: 20″ x 24″

Mom

dsc01326This painting was completed for my Mother and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary.  A companion painting was done of Dad for the 50th anniversary as well.  Mom will be 102 years old, September 20th.  She was living at her house alone at 100 years old and still did much of her housework and meal preparation.  She recently sold her house, moved to assisted living in Appleton and enjoys playing  “sheep head,” (card game) for an hour every night.   Still has a good mind, able to walk and is always grateful.

Mom traveled with us until she was in her late 90′s. We tried to include her in our travels in the states.  Among other places, Mom went to a Packer game with us in Seattle when Reggie White intercepted a pass.  He didn’t quite make it to the end zone.  Packers had a sizable lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.  Not too many Seattleans hung around for the final count down.

Size: 24″ x 30″