Shortly after I painted my first oil painting, "Barn in the Rain", the family gathered at my grandparent's house for an event. My Aunt Irene caught me in the hallway and told me how much she liked my paintings. As she pulled a magazine clipping from her purse, she said, "Will you paint this for me?" It was  black and white and very small, approximately 2" square, as I recall. She said, "I have carried it a long time, just because I like it." It was tattered and worn, as you might expect. I told her I would have to research it, first, which I did, without success.  When I finished this 18" x 24"  (45.72 x 60.96 cm)  oil painting, I decided to call it "Armada". This is the painting as it is today.


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