"Ceramic Bowl"


"Boomin" Houston"

1948 8x5


1949 9.5x13.5

"Studio West"

1949 20x16

"Studio South"

1949 20x16

My first studio was the room above the garage at my parent’s house. There was electricity but no plumbing or heat. But as a teenager it was the independent retreat that was perfect. The garage was a Dutch design with the door on the west side, double windows on the east and two dormer alcoves with double windows on the south and north. The room had been strictly utilitarian and was used as storage. My father had done some of his art work there but allowed me to take over.
My mother controlled the selection of the paper and colors. The floor was painted dark green, three walls were covered in a muted green and tan plaid and the fourth wall was covered in trailing morning glories, definitely not my choice but at least there was lots of green. The old cedar chest was given a green cover and my father built the storage chest with doors covered in painted 1/2” hardware hardware cloth with the wall paper behind it. White sheets were the curtains.

Art work went up on the walls and I see in the photographs a pencil sketch of me by Marjorie Woodruff, a caricature of me by Claud Blanchard, two of my early paintings and a watercolor by a Chinese artist visiting the University of Houston. A small sketch of an old man is by Gordon Blouin. The lamp was a piece of driftwood brought home from Galveston. A suspended table with lamp displayed some early sculpture. The painting of the man is a self portrait influenced by El Greco and was exhibited in The Houston Artists Show in 1949.
The first change of decor occurred with the installation of travel posters over the morning glory wallpaper. Later the floor was painted white with Jackson Pollock splatters of orange and black. The walls were painted black. A white cabrito rug, purchased on a trip to Monterrey, Mexico was put on the floor with a low marbleized table in front of the bed. This composition is in a painting owned by Ann and Michael Judd.
The room remained much the same until I left for the army in 1954.