Frank, 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″
This is the home farm. This is where I spent most of my childhood until I entered military service. At that time there was a military draft, therefore all men were obligated to serve in the military. The farm was 146 acres. The house was move on the property, a distance of 2 1/2 miles, from the small village of Navarino. The family built all the other buildings. The barn was built in 1946 mostly with many of our neighbors help..
After being discharged from service I went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and never returned to live on the farm.
This is an oil painting of the Wolf River near Leeman, near the former Merle Allen farm, now called the Herb farm.
Size: 15″ x 20″
Steve, Michelle, Gus and Owen enjoying a beach in their home state of Florida.
Size: 11″ x 14″
Size: 11″ x 14″