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Danny Goes to Frankfort



Yes, you heard right. Danny goes to Frankfort, as in Frankfort, Kentucky, but not on foot or on horseback. It's actually a watercolor painting that I did of my Father-in-Law that was inspired by his daily persistent care of a blind horse. It is titled Morning Walk because he took Josie on daily walks up the hollow. The painting will be part of The Governor's Derby Exhibit with about fifty other works of art that will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky. They will be shown May 7th through June 1st, 2022, and visitors will be able to see them whenever the building is open.


It is a privilege to be part of this exhibit, and I am very grateful to all who have encouraged and congratulated me along the way. I am especially grateful to Thomas Hammett, who has been a great mentor, encourager, and friend. He is the one who told me about the opportunity and encouraged me to apply. I am also very grateful to my wife, Vicki, who has been a wonderful cheerleader, telling everyone about it since the moment she heard about me making it into the exhibit!


It is interesting how different people experience the same event or person a little differently. I suppose that is why there are four gospel accounts in the New Testament. It is not that any one of them are incorrect or untrue. It is just that each writer had a slightly different perspective on the same events and so showed the different aspects or emphases of those events. One aspect that Vicki remembered about her Dad at the time I painted him with the horse is that he was suffering from cataracts. So she and her Mom jokingly renamed the painting, "The Blind Leading the Blind." She was well aware of her Dad's condition, even though he may not have shown it on the outside. He faithfully and persistently still took care of the horse and whatever other responsibilities he had.


If you get the opportunity, I'd encourage you to visit the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky, not just to see my painting, but to also see the other great works of art and the stories behind them that will be on display there. As always, I welcome your comments and questions in the space below.



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