|West Rim Trail -by Bob Bickers; 18 x 24; oil/canvas; 1990.|
A long time ago, I was befriended by a gracious and generous art collector who purchased a number of my paintings in Memphis. I never had a chance to photograph some of those paintings, and when I lost touch with Mrs. Touchstone, I thought those paintings were pretty much lost.
I was recently contacted by Inga Hanks of Idesign Associates, LLC, who told me that Ana Touchstone had moved to Colorado some years ago and had passed away in 2008. She said Ana's son was a friend of hers and had asked her to sell Ana's art collection with proceeds going to benefit the charities that Ana was passionate about supporting during her life; substance abuse programs, and women's shelters.
It saddened me to hear of Ana's passing and I passed my condolences to her son and family.
|Courthouse Wash -by Bob Bickers; 24 x 36; oil/canvas; 1992|
Ms. Hanks included several photographs of my artwork that she would sell, and I have included those images here. West Rim Trail is from a scene I saw in 1976 at Zion National Park, Utah. Courthouse Wash is a view in Arches National Park, Utah. Also being sold is a matted and framed print, Eagle's Nest.
I like the idea that paintings I created so long ago are still being enjoyed by others across the country and I also like the idea that my art will benefit the charities Ana Touchstone thought were important. I share Ana's passion to help others and will try to follow her example.
|Eagle's Nest; 10 x 12.5; 1991|
My thanks to Inga Hanks, and to Ana Touchstone, a special thank you and farewell. I wish I could have known you better. May your soul rest easy.
NOTE: If any of my supporters are interested in these pieces and would like more information, please contact Inga Hanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.