|Posted by John Grant IV on June 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM|
Wow! I just received the most amazing e-mail below -- how exciting it is to be connected to my deceased great-grandmother Eugenia (Witzleben) Grant -- it is almost as if she were sending me artistic boosts, boons, and encouragements to press on to see where my God-given gifts may lead me... Read on!
"Hello John. I'm S.H. and I live in _, CA. I periodically search the internet for Eugenia to see if anything new pops up. Wow, was I excited to find you! In 2001, I was walking around Fair Oaks Antiques in Pasadena and I came upon a an oil pastel that made my heart leap into my throat. Love at first sight. I had to have it and I do.
This work, titled "Tropics" is by your great grand mother Eugenia Grant and was exhibited at the Bowers Museum (Santa Ana) in 1947. It is 22" X 29", still in its original frame with the exhibition stickers on the back.
I know so little about Eugenia, finding only short bio entries and scant examples of her art save some decorative floral prints and cards.....
"Tropics" is an exquisite work, extraordinarily rendered. I took these photos this morning and they don't do it justice (the colors are more vibrant).
I wanted to share this with you and congratulate you on taking a leap of faith into art..... it's in your DNA.
P.S. Although I can't part with it yet, it would give me great pleasure to one day send "Tropics" home to you.........