May 23, 2010

It was always hoped to one day sit down with Monte and gather information on individual pieces of work.  Unfortunately, for a couple of reasons that was not done.

As mentioned before, years prior to his death, Monte’s wife, Sharyl, gave two, large flat boxes of art to their son, Eric, out of fear Monte would destroy them due to his perfectionist eye.  This greatly angered Monte and while the anger did subside after the returning of his artwork, Monte would mention Sharyl’s act from time to time and remind people what an artistically unjust act it had been  (in a justified retort, Sharyl would remind Monte what he had once done to a set of red chairs belonging to her, but that is another story for a later time).

With the knowledge of Monte’s claim of artists destroying their early works of hard to look upon art, it was feared if some of his older pieces would be put before him, he might do just that.  With age, it would not have been surprising if Monte had forgotten many of the pieces of artwork contained in those boxes and hidden away in the rooms of Monte and Sharyl’s house and reminded of them, he may later seek them out and destroy them.

Time was another factor in not getting Monte’s words down on the origins and inspirations of many of his pieces.  Of course, in many of his pieces, the inspiration or origin does not need to be asked.

The first image is a painting of Christmas tree ornaments.  It is posted so show again, a sort of contradiction in Monte’s portrayal depictions and his personality. It would have been interesting to know what drove him to paint such a painting, but if he had been reminded of this painting, it may have been one item he may have wanted to destroy.

Below is a painting of flocks of Canada geese and a large Sycamore tree.  From an earlier interview in a local paper, Monte stated many of his pieces were reproduced from memory.   For years, down at the Rice Lake Conservation Area, there stood a lone, tall tree jutting before Rice Lake.  This tree stood guard on the south side of the channel where one would guide a boat from the Rice Lake boat docks out onto Rice Lake.

It would be interesting to know if that image worked itself into this painting.


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