These missionaries look very intense.The portraits do what portraits should do -- set off a string of questions. Who are these men? Why the bald heads and dark beards. Where are they missionaries and why?Cool.XO Barbara
It's the same man Barbara. The paintings are based on him. He was an American, from a Catholic order and first went to Ghana (then the Gold Coast) in 1938. He stayed 20 years or more. My grandmother used to correspond with him and send him stamps and newspapers. In return he sent newsy letters from Africa and a few photographs which ended up in the family album. He spent his final years back in Techny, near Chicago.
This is so beautiful!!I thought you might like to see some of the portrait work of a local artist here (whom I'm jealous of because he sells a lot more than I do! and at much higher prices...oh well). Here's the link, let me know if it doesn't work and I'll send a different one:https://plus.google.com/photos/114148833874073238102/albums/5736209932608105025
Hey Jala! thank you for the kind words. And thanks also for the link which I have saved as you are right - I really do like William Stoehr's work and I did not know of it before. I like also what he says "Ambiguity begets engagement". That is brilliant.
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