"Groves lineage in Wisconsin politics" acrylic
painting depicts the heritage of the father of the artist,
Harold Groves. Born on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin,
the last of seven children, he pursued a university
education and eventually received a PhD in Economics and
became a professor at the University of Wisconsin. He also
became active in politics, a follower of the great
Progressive leader, Robert M. LaFollette. Elected first to
the State Assembly and later the State Senate, he sponsored
the first Unemployment Compensation law in the United States
which later served as a model for similar Federal
legislation. Thereafter appointed State Tax Commissioner,
he was instrumental in developing a progressive system of
taxation in the State and in reforming property tax
assessment procedures. And he established a lifelong
friendship with the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, also a
resident of Wisconsin. My painting represents some of the
highlights and major influences of his rich life"
"My Great Grandfather Andrew Jackson Cox"
Fused glass transfers and collage on canvas transfers
Connecticut Yankee goes to war and survives 23 battles" inkjet collage
"A fascinating look back at my
great-grandfather on my father's maternal lineage.
George Anson Stocking of Waterbury CT - born in 1844. He ran away
from home at age 16 in 1860, was finally enlisted in Union
army in 1862 and served the entire Civil War.
I was fortunate to have
an uncle and aunt who typed up his letters home during the
entire war as well as photos as he endured a horrific
personal experience, yet lived to age 88."
ALSO - a collection of selected
letters home to his parents 1860 -1865
CLICK HERE (PDF)
Garrison "John William Oliver"
"John William Oliver"
my pastel of a sculpture, “The Puritan”, which resides in
Springfield , Massachusetts, where I was born. He is called
Deacon Samuel Chapin, an Englishman who came to Massachusetts
about 1629, and is an ancestor of mine (my grandmother’s maiden
name was Chapin). The sculptor was the well-known Irish-American
named Augustus Saint Gaudens. A small version of this bronze is
in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum in New York
Fischer "My Iowa Heritage" mixed media
"My Iowa Heritage" mixed media
"I condensed 12 early lives
into 3 or 4 images on my collage...after struggling with the
collage and lots of photos, I decided that simple and only few
images worked best. I then added the helping hands, life
feathers and a heart around the piece to express my love and the
love that came to me."
Fred Yost "The Kid from Smithville"
"When I began thinking about my
Heritage too many images came into my head. So, I decided to make a
small book containing a few of those images along with descriptive
text. This gave me a chance to learn how to get self-published books
done on-line. "