It all started at Skowhegan.
At the renowned summer six week program for artists in Maine.
Students hailed from all over the world.
I asked Neil Welliver if I could go. He gave me a scholarship on the spot.
(That’s when I was a student of his in the MFA program at Penn.)
When I looked up the prizes in advance of my going, there was a Nathaniel
Saltonstall Award in drawing to be donated to the Colby College Museum of
Art. I said to myself, I can win that. (Robert Reed instilled such
confidence in my ability. Anyone else who had the privilege of taking
drawing classes from this remarkable teacher knows exactly what I mean.
He left Skidmore to join the faculty at Yale.)
And win it I did, for the handsome prize money of a whopping ten dollars 🙂
The image was totally imagined in my mind. Several paintings evolved
from it such as this large party scene below.