He enlisted in the army at the age of 14 during WWI. He used to say, "Luckily for me, I got in, the war got over and I lived to tell about it." During his stint in the army he worked with the Artist Players--I believe building and painting scenery.
During the late 1930's he worked in Miami with Ernest Lawson until Ernest's death. They were best friends. Many of dad's painting from that time relfect Ernest's influence. He worked in oils with a palette knife. At the same time he earned his living teaching art and painting houses. He did some murals for hotels in Miami and for a big yacht.
He was written up in the Miami papers as a most promising artist o
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