This painting below is loosely based on pictures of The Crystal Mill wooden powerhouse located above the Crystal River in Crystal, Colorado, United States. It was built in 1893 as a power plant for the Sheep Mountain Tunnel and although called a mill, it is more correctly characterized as a compressor station. It had a horizontal waterwheel used to drive an air compressor. The compressed air was then used to power machinery and tools used by miners in the nearby silver mines. It fell into disuse in 1917 when the Sheep Mountain Mine closed. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1985.

The painting shows the wooden powerhouse covered in snow, sitting atop a bluff above the Crystal River. My reference photos show the powerhouse to be aged and weathered. The waterwheel is no longer there and old, perhaps rotting logs (which I chose to not include in the painting) are strewn along side and below in the water. Nevertheless, the scene is found to be a popular attraction to those that can access the area via a 4X4 or hardy enough to hike the approximate 10 mile round trip loose graveled trail. I hope I didn’t do the scene injustice and that you find the painting and the description to be pleasing and interesting.

The painting posted on the “Interest-and-Influence-Photos” page is a Norman Rockwell painting chosen for two reasons. The first reason is that it is truly a typical Norman Rockwell masterpiece. The second has to do with Thanksgiving and thoughts I’ve had about what we have to be thankful for even with some very troubling events that have and are occurring.

Please take a look at the painting and what I’ve written. I’d be very interested in any response you may have on the inspiration of the painting or the thoughts I’ve shared regarding what we have to be thankful for. You can respond to me at

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The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has selected “Buddies” the painting below for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Exhibit 24, “Space & Place”.   The exhibit will be located between concords “C” and “D” beginning November 14, 2018 and runs until Wednesday March 13, 2019.

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Thanks, Rick