Sometime an Artist

Back Road York
This is a pretty good copy of a painting that was hung in my one and only gallery show in 1970. The rotting truck and outbuildings were on a backroad in York, Maine.

As a young man right out of college, I lived in North Berwick, Maine with my cousin Dewitt Hardy and his wife Pat. Both were full-time artists. At the time Dewitt had a New York gallery and provided for his family through his art.

While I had studied drawing with another Maine painter Neil Welliver while in college, I was now an apprentice to two  experts and it was like learning to draw all over again.

I concentrated on  landscapes during days driving around Southern Maine and, every Wednesday night, drew live models along with Pat, Dewitt and several other local artists who lived nearby.

Dewitt taught me clean wash technique and Pat showed me how to make both etchings and dry points. After nine months, I had accumulated enough work to have a gallery opening and maybe earn a few dollars.

My show was in a gallery in nearby Springvale run by a potter friend of Dewitt’s. A bunch of Nasson College students, some artist friends of Dewitt and Pat’s and my Dad came.

My Dad was the only one to buy a painting. And, I made $40 that day.

Two months later and penniless, I knew it was time for a change. Pat convinced me that it was time to find a job. She drove me to Kennebunk and introduced me to Sandy Brook, the editor of the York County Coast Star. Under his leadership, Time magazine called it the “champagne of weekly newspapers.”

“If you can write as well as you talk, you’re hired,” Sandy told me during a short interview.  I started work as a reporter shortly after. My first articles came back from his desk marked entirely in red, but that soon changed. And, once hired full time, I never looked back. It was the beginning of my long career in communications.

At age 70, I returned to drawing and painting. I concentrate on watercolor and life drawing. And, I still write. Visit the Gallery section of this site to see more.

 

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Scott L. Parkin

Retired communications professional with more than 30 years background in writing about aging, health and long term care.

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