Miscellaneous photos: works in bronze, canvas, paper and a bit of biographical information.
Several years ago I sold my place on the big island of Hawaii and bought my retirement cottage in another tropical zone, Clearwater Beach, Florida. The reason I bought it is this beautiful Banyon tree in my lush garden that is always filled with birds, squirrels, lots of lizards, bunnies, turtles, Ibis, Egrets and Craines.
Here are a few photos of sculptures cast in bronze, me at the foundry in Carmel. I create a sculpture in wax. A mold is created over the wax and hot bronze is pourned into the mold to melt and replace the wax. I also sculp in alabaster, marble and mixed media.
My grandson, Clay, and two sons , Jay & Jon, qualify as members of the organization "Sons of the American Revolution".
My grand-daughter, Finn, qualifies as member of "Daughters of the American Revolution" since my paternal and maternal family trees are filled with American patriots.
According to my DNA, I am from French, Scotch, Irish and Norweigan.
My two sons are half Portugese.
Here are two photos of the Charleston South Carolina home of my cousin Jonh C. Calhoun, Secretary of War and later the Vice President of the United States.
You can look up our shared grandmother Catherine Calhoun who was slaughtered at "Long Cane Massacre" during a Cherokee uprising near Troy, McCormick County, South Carolina.
I fully completed the application for the DAR membership while I lived and belonged to a chapter in California but have not continued the process for my heirs.
They may do so if they wish.
Long Cane Massacre Site is a historic site located near Troy, McCormick County, South Carolina. The district encompasses 40 contributing buildings in Mount Carmel. The site includes a gravestone marking the place where 23 Long Cane settlers were killed in a bloody massacre by the Cherokee on February 1, 1760.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983
My grandmother Calhoun came over from Ireland and settled in Virginia and South Carolina. She was scalpted and thrown into the creek with 17 members of her family during the massacre. Two of her grand-daughters were captured by the Cherokee. One was found years later but they never found or learned what happened to the other one. It was upon this discovery that I made the decision to become a forensic artist and use my talent to help identify the lost and missing.
Lord have mercy.
American Vice President John C. Calhoun and I share this same grandmother.
John Caldwell Calhoun (; March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850) was an American statesman and political theorist from South Carolina who held many important positions including being the seventh vice president of the United States from 1825 to 1832, while adamantly defending slavery and protecting the interests of the white South. He began his political career as a nationalist, modernizer, and proponent of a strong national government and protective tariffs. In the late 1820s, his views changed radically, and he became a leading proponent of states' rights, limited government, nullification, and opposition to high tariffs. He saw Northern acceptance of those policies as a condition of the South remaining in the Union. His beliefs and warnings heavily influenced the South's secession from the Union in 1860–1861.