Lucky That Way: My Dad’s Paintings

Two paintings below were inspired by this photo.

Reader’s of Lucky That Way have asked to see my dad’s paintings. Scroll down to see them. Readers might recognize a few that are mentioned in the book. In one scene, for example, after a day at the beach in 1990, he snapped a photo of me (right)¬† and went home and got busy, basing several paintings on the photo, including Girl With Green Hair in Landscape and Got to Feed God Children. Girl Reading is also based on a photo of me. I read a lot when I was a kid, so I was an easy, still subject. Siblings, friends, and my cousin have other paintings. The rest — we don’t know how many — are hanging on the walls of strangers. Unsentimental, he painted and sold his work quickly. He had five children to clothe and feed. (Some of the dates and titles are approximate. He did not like to give names to his paintings — there is a scene in the book about this — and often did not date them.)

Dad painted this photo of me. I read a lot of books when I was young.

Girl Reading  1974

Max & Jinny 1975

Max & Jinny 1975

Webster Groves   1978

Webster Groves, Missouri  1978

The Marsh  1982

The Marsh 1982

Girl With Green Hair in Landscape  1990

Girl With Green Hair in Landscape 1990

Got to Feed God Children 1990

Got to Feed God Children 1990

Untitled  1991

Untitled 1991

Cosmos 1993

Cosmos 1993

Red Sea 1995

Red Sea 1995

Chair with View  1996

Chair with View 1996

Creation 1997

Creation 1997