I have been out of commission since July 9th when I had to have emergency surgery for a detached retina at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. As many of you know, the recovery period is very long and entails lying face down for two weeks with your head in a pillow and getting up to move around only as nature calls or some other necessity. It was fairly boring except when friends brought over books on tape and I was able to spend time listening to, mostly, Tony Hillerman novels. I was checked by the surgeon this week and he thinks my recovery is going well. I have a few more weeks of medication tapering off the dosage in the last weeks. My vision has not returned to normal yet, but it is supposed to improve in the next few weeks.
I am now able to get into the studio to start back to work. The paintings I began this past February in the Pinto Canyon area of the Trans-Pecos are waiting for me to get to them and also several private commissions. I also have an Open Studio Exhibition and Sale coming up the week after Labor Day Weekend and am preparing for that annual event.
I have included a photo, taken by Marsha Jackson of Santa Fe, showing me at work on location in Fort Davis, Texas. The painting being worked on is Oldest House-Fort Davis. It was completed in the studio a month or so later and purchased by a collector in Midland, TX.