by Lynn Byrne
Monday evening, Larry and I had the great fortune to attend a dinner at the residence of New York’s soon-to-be Cardinal, Archbishop Dolan. The Archbishop is just as jolly and warm as he appears on television. A real teddy bear.
I expected to meet others who also support the many charitable works of the Archdiocese. What I didn’t expect to meet was an up and coming new artist. The Archbishop included a young couple who are old friends of his that were visiting from Ireland. We happened to sit nearby the couple. Chatting ensued and we exchanged cards. When I got home I glanced at the card and realized that the man I met, Richard Hearns, was quite accomplished at one of my favorite types of art, the still life.
Richard’s biography on his website says that he is searching for paradise through paint. I think the calmness evoked by still life is conducive to finding your own little paradise. January is a time for peacefulness, don’t you think?
And to you very kind people who responded to my little survey, and asked if I enjoyed at home some of the things I post about, well in this case the answer is an affirmative yes. I gaze at another still life by one of my favorite artists, Jessica Brown each day. It is hung in our open plan kitchen/family room. I think it would pair quite well with one of Richard’s works (I can always spend money on art, given the chance).
Except for the Jessica Brown, all paintings by Richard Hearns from his website.