Wednesday, December 5, 2018

An Honor to be the selected speaker at the Mark Twain Dinner at the Historic Lotos Club in New York





 

 On November 14th 2018, I had the  great honor of being the selected speaker for the members only  Mark Twain Dinner at the Historic Lotos Club in New York.  By speaking I was following in the footsteps of Hal Holbrook, Ken Burns and Dick Cavat, amongst many other celebrities that have spoken at this very special dinner…so, this was a great great honor for me and a delight to talk about one of my favorite subjects "Twain"! 
 
My talk told a very little known story about Mark Twain and his relationships during the last years of his life.




 





A wonderful Mark Twain Mask by Zenos Frudakis, a world renown sculptor
I was delighted to receive this beautiful Twain mask as a gift for talking at the event. Zenos is amazing...he captured Twain!!!!  This wonderful mask hangs in the Mark Twain Room at The Lobster Pot.


Portrait Commission to Paint the Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard

The commission to paint the Official Portrait of the Governor of South Dakota....an great honor!


The Unveiling of the Official Portrait of the Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard

 Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, oil on linen 40 x 30

The Official Portrait of the Governor of South Dakota hanging at the Capital


The Governor looking at his Official Portrait

 

You nailed it!  This is perfect….You told me you would deliver the best portrait in the collection and I’m certain you have.

   Tony Venhuizen Chief of Staff
                                                           Governor Dennis Daugaard
                                                            Governor of South Dakota

 

What an honor and a pleasure it has been for me to have the opportunity to create the Official portrait of the Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard!

I was so happy that the portrait was so well received. The Governor was such a distinguished subject, plus a very poignant and powerful composition with the inclusion of the South Dakota Seal.

It was delightful for me to visit this beautiful state and to have an extra day to see the  historic Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, the Sitting Bull Memorial and atmospheric country side...along with many stately Buffalo!

 

My father was stationed at the Air force base in Rapid City during his years in training as a navigator during World War II....so visiting a place that was near to his heart was also special for me.

The Washington Times on December 4th carried the unveiling. To see the article click on this below link: 

 Here is some links to news coverage of the unveiling:

 

 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/4/the-latest-daugaard-proposes-spending-hikes-in-las/