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(95.89 x 95.89 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "37 3/4 in.", "Disp_Width" : "37 3/4 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "Stretcher", "Medium" : "Acrylic on Masonite", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Acrylic on Masonite", "Info_Page_Comm" : "", "Dedication" : "Museum Purchase, 1968.006", "Copyright_Type" : "", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Painting", "Creation_Place2" : "", "Department" : "American Modern", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "4/2/2004 contacted by Jim Russell with the following information regarding this painting in our collection: I met the artist of “The Celestial Carpenter” while I was doing an exhibit of my own work in the Northgate Mall, not long after the death of my brother Rusty Russell in 1993. I had not met the artist previously, but he said he had been a friend of Rusty''s for a long time. He and I talked for some length about various subjects, and in our conversation he told me that the subject of the painting was in fact Rusty, whom I briefly described to you in my earlier e-mail. That is why, some years ago, I took such an interest in seeing it at the Frye; and it is why I continue to try to see it. My mother, who is 89 and was for many years a professional portrait artist, knows the artist also, from what I gather. I recall that the painting was based upon Rusty''s construction of a houseboat, many years ago, which was largely built-- and for years moored at--the houseboat moorage then owned by Grant Copeland, which is a string of houseboats located literally just a stone''s throw west of the Seattle Yacht club''s moorage. First contact from Jim Russell: The subject of the painting is my brother, Rusty Russell, who committed suicide in 1993. Rusty enjoyed building things, in the manner of The Wood Butcher, but his main source of income at the time was painting. He developed a technique which sold well, and he taught my other brother and I to paint, too. During our careers, which in my case lasted 20 years, I sold just over 10,000 oil paintings (painting 12 hours a day, 6 1/2 days a week) in about 700 art shows, from Calgary to L.A., for which I have sales records. Rusty, and Rob, my other brother, must have sold 10,000 between them (no prints). Of course, when I give people those figures they think I am lying, but I have the sales books. Of course, there are those who say if it sold that well our work must have been crap. I have heard it all before from other artists, who were cry-babies strong on pride and short on creating anything people would lay out their hard-earned money for. Creating art that sells consistently is an art form, indeed. Our customers weren''t the bar crowd, but educated people of accomplishment, for the most part, in their own fields. Most artists, even when they have great talent and much education, can sell little, or even nothing sometimes. So, Rusty was an extraordinary man, inspirational, a world adventurer and entrepreneur of the first order, and his image is is there in your storage. If you ever let me have a peek at him I would appreciate it; otherwise I may die of old age waiting. 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