OK, there's no real huge point to this blog, just an interesting story.
Last week, I went to San Antonio (or more specifically, Boerne) to visit my family. While I was there, my father purchased a piece of art from the gorgeous Greenhouse Gallery, and that prompted an entire living room redecoration headed up by my mother, my grandmother and myself.
One of the paintings in the mix was this old brownish one of a house and a tree, something that's been in the visual periphery my whole life. Back when the family lived in the Springs, my mother bought it at a thrift store, apparently captured by its calm simplicity. Naturally, my grandmother remembers this (she never forgets a Goodwill/Arc score).
As we moved it about, I held it under a lamp to make out the tiny signature in the bottom corner. And lo, it says, Archie Musick. He who painted the interiors of the City Auditorium and the Manitou Springs Post Office as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's Public Works of Art Project and is a pillar of local Regionalist art. Musick was also a friend of Boardman Robinson, the director of the Broadmoor Art Academy when it became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
What's more, I spoke to Archie's daughter Pat a few years back for this article on local art history.
Now, I'm no expert on authenticity, so any help is appreciated. All I know is that this signature matches those I found online, and the work sure suits his style. And that just goes to show you, one never knows what turns up at the thrift store.