Chapter Thirteen



From now on I would have to support myself by painting.  I desperately wanted to return to Nantucket, but because there was still no heat in the house other than old kerosene stoves and fireplaces, I delayed my departure for a couple months.  Before I left, I made a series of abstract paintings of various places on the island as I saw them in my mind.  To me they were like maps. I had also received a portrait commission from a banker in Kansas City to paint his four daughters, so I had sufficient money to tide me over.


This one portrait commission was so successful that it led to several more in Kansas City.  I suppose I could have made a living as a portrait artist, but this wasn’t the goal I had set for myself.  I wanted to make paintings that were more deeply felt and personal.  I persuaded Mr. Clancy to schedule a second show for me in 1971, and as soon as I moved to Nantucket, I began to work on it.  By now I had put electrical heat in the house, and it was possible for me to live there year-round.  MORE...




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