This is a tribute to my parents. I am very grateful for the vision of my life they planted in me.
OK, I cannot lie, every day is not like this Saturday was... but then again it was not that unusual in my life. Saturday started out with meeting a buddy at a spot where he asked to be photographed with his two pets.. Liberty and Justice.
After an exhilerating shoot, I asked to be photographed with them as well... This is why I live here!
Or maybe THIS is why I live here! Saturday evening I was asked to demonstrate at the annual unveiling of the art benches of the "Benchmark" program sponsored by the Brazos Valley Arts Council at the George Bush Library... There I was, right under the giant painting of George Bush, an old friend and political compatriot of my father's, and his cabinet, sculpting the bust for my latest commission of another old hero and acquaintance of my father's, Ranger Frank Hamer, surrounded by the devoted patrons of the Arts in the Brazos Valley. He was always my biggest fan... and I know he would have just exploded.
Still, he would have been no prouder than the artist shown above, teaching... Cathrine Price I believe, (who ironically has ended up being a very valued assistant to me on mural projects...) This is my mother Margaret Cushman, one of my toughest and most trusted critics, who passed away in 1980, long before I had seen any professional success. Today would have been her 87th birthday. So Happy Birthday mom, I'm still trying to fulfill your expectations after all these years.