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Oak Ridge, Roatan 1973
Our family arrived in Oak Ridge, Roatan January of 1973. Our purpose was to start an English High School at the request of the Roatan Baptist Association of Churches. Initially, until the school was built on Chapel Hill it met in the house we were renting called Merilee's Inn. Walking through the village one day my husband noticed a man painting and stopped to engage him in conversation. It was Mr. Brough. My husband invited him to come to school and demonstrate painting and talk with the kids. He graciously offered to come and painted a picture for the class and gave it to us to keep. I made a loaf of banana coconut tea bread and gave it to him in payment for his kindness. The next day he came back and said that if I would bake another loaf of bread for him he would paint something for us. We ask him to paint the future site of Roatan Baptist Academy. He did and it proudly hangs in our living room in Vancouver, WA. We later found one of his paintings in our World Book Encyclopedia under Alabama and found out he was the state artist. A brief, but lovely encounter.
Would like to know the year or years these were drawn. The works are titled Gorgas Home, University Club,Friedman Library, President's Mansion, Swaim Home, The Tavern, Hugo Friedman Home, George W. Christian Home. Did Mr. Brough ever live in Brazil?
Donna Bennight Peters
This board is much too small to post all the wonderful things Mr. Brough did for me and my life.
In 1974, I was in the BFA program at Alabama when I became ill and had to have several surgeries. I was married and had 2 small children and completing college in a timely manner was most important. Times were a challenge in every way. Mr. Brough told me to bring my children to studio class during that summer. He gave the class our instructions and then he and my children had a great time in his office while we the class worked.
Many years later, I was with Dr. Betty Hollingsworth going to Roatan, Honduras. As we approached the landing strip, Dr. Betty made the comment that the landing would be easier than usual because they had lengthened the landing strip. A few weeks later, I learned that the "extra length" of the landing strip in Roatan was where Mr. Brough had talked about retiring.... All those years I had imagined he meant Dog Island, Florida!
God Bless You Mr. Brough. You made a wonderful change in my life possible.
Richard Brough was my uncle, and what a wonderful person he was. We would write to each other all the time. I lived in Montana and Idaho so each time I would get a letter, it would be written with a special pen and a special stamp put on the letter. Uncle Dick collected ink pens. I still have all those letters and all the paintings he did for me. I was one of his best fans. Uncle Dick taught me a lot about life and finding the humor in life. He lived his dream, (painting) what a gift he had. He also, restored old victorian art, drew face drawings for the FBI, and did modern art paintings. Now he passed his gift of painting to my twin boys, who both have the gift. I love him and miss him so much. He was my second Dad.. He would tell me, "Find a painting you can walk into" I have found many through the years, but not like his.
Comments on Richard Brough
I wish I had found this board earlier. I spent many happy hours drinking coffe and talking art in his studio at the U. of AL. and later at his studio in downtown Tuscaloosa accross from the Dairy Queen. The prints of Tuscaloosa landmarks were about eight images(maybe ten) that the City Nat'l Bank commissioned. He could have retired early if the bank paid royalties as they cranked them out by the thousands. Some of the others were the Old Tavern, The Maxwell House, The Swam House, The University Club, The President's Mansion and a few others. He told me that he had a lifetime use of a lot on Roatan but he only went once. He also had over 400 watercolors published in Ford Motor Times and other publications. He was originally from Salmon, Id. and moved to Alabama after WWII having served as an army artist. His art training was at Chouinard Art Institute in L. A. which also trained a lot of the Disney Artists along with people like Phil Dike and Ed Ruscha. He also gave Evan Wilson his first art supplies and early encouragement. Like a lot of the people that have written here, I don't think they make people better than Dick Brough and I sure miss him.
Richard Brough Pen & Inks of Tuscoloosa Landmarks
I happened upon 2 pen & ink sketches of University of Alabama Landmarks. The #2 sketch is of the University Club, the #4 sketch is og the University Presidents Mansion. Does anyone know how many sketches were originally in the set.
What a wonderful teacher
I studied under Dick Brough from 1984-1986 and cannot imagine a better teacher. I will never forget the day he took our class to the "mound" on the Quad to sketch, and there he taught us about lighting and shadow. I learned everything I know about drawing perspective from him. He never looked down on those whose aim in art was realism, as some of the other teachers at that time did. I have thought of him so often through the years as I developed my artwork. He was a great teacher and a treasure to the art department of the University of Alabama.
Mrs. James Hood
I have the Friedman Print and the University Club of the series. What were the other prints? Thank you!
dick and i had a similar passion old fountain pens . he was a true southern gentleman and avid collector. his art is excellent but more than that he was a friend to all.
I have a signed original watercolor which I found in a dumpster when a factory in the area closed. The frame was broken but the painting is in excellent condition. The title of the painting is Fishing on Rainey Lake, Minnesota. All other works I have seen by this artist are from other areas was he well known for Minnesota landscapes paintings?
daine wood etches
Richard Brough prints of Roatan, Honduras
Hello to Greg Brough.
Would you be so kind to inform me if your father Richard Brough was invited to Roatan Island, Honduras by the owner of The Bay Islands Company from Birmingham during the year of 1966. I've been wondering about some of the work he did on that visit, copies of two of those prints are framed and hanging in my daughter's dining room in Florida. They represent an oh so long but certainly not forgotten time for me, I was very young at that time but still can identify with the scenery and the care for details he included. I will be grateful for your input.
daine wood etches
Frank H. Gilson
Richard Brough as a teacher
He taught me Commercial Design and watercolor at the University of Alabama art dept in the early 1960s. I never had a better painting instructor than Richard Brough. He was always encouraging and he had a knack for giving suggestion and criticism without completely deflating a poor student's fragile ego. He managed to combine pithy and directly-to-the-point comments with a gentle humor that, while putting us at ease, also made us more open to his observations on our work. He was incredibly generous, not only with his time but with his "material goods" as well. Once he brought to class five or six old Japanese prints he'd just purchased. He was obviously very proud of his lucky find and when I saw them - and immediately exclaimed "Hokusai! Mister B, they're wonderful!" - he insisted I choose one for myself. I was flabbergasted and refused; but he continued to insist and insist until I relented and chose one. Many of my painting instructors often commented on what voracious readers contemporary painters should be - but all I ever saw them do was scan the latest issues of art magazines, looking for what was currently trendy. Brough was the only one who actually had a large library and who was what one could call erudite. During the course of a conversation he would suddenly jump out of his chair, stride over to his bookshelf and extract a book, turning to a particular page to make his point.
Richard Brough was a mentor to me and after I myself became a painting instructor have tried to model my teaching methods on his. And I flatter myself in thinking that he was also a good friend.
Richard Brough values
My father always had a saying that he would buy back any piece of his own artwork at the same price the original buyer paid. That would say that he believed that his work would improve in value and that it would be a bargain for him to buy it at the original price - - and sell it again. At the time of his death in 96, most of his watercolors at the Little House Gallery were selling in the $400-500 range - these were his standard half-sheet size water colors (approx 16x22). In the early days of Kentuck he often priced his work according to size and I know he had some bargain bin pieces in the $25-$50 range. He rarely reproduced his work, (except for the pen and ink drawings of Tuscaloosa landmark that City National Bank had the rights to). When prodded by others to increase the price of his work, he often responded "I'll paint them all day long at that price." He enjoyed painting. The value of his work today is really in the eye of the beholder - you have to give it your own value.
c w sims
I met Dick Brough at the home of novelist Borden Deal back in the 1950s. His watercolors definitely express his love of the South. Dick illustrated a number of articles written by Deal, and Deal's widow, novelist Babs H. Deal owns a number of Brough's paintings that were illustrations for magazine articles and book covers of paperback novels published by Deal in the 1950s. I remember Brough as a gentle, generous, and very accessible pipe smoking southern gentleman.