THE NANTUCKET STAGE COMPANY
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...