Following is The New York Times
obituary of the artist:
"Willard Bond, Vivid Artist of Yachting, Dies at 85: Willard Bond's paintings managed to capture the feeling of life on the water."
By DENNIS HEVESI
Published: June 10, 2012
In First Around, one of Willard Bond's best-known paintings, two towering yachts are caught in a roiling sea. The one to the fore is rounding a mark, sharply heeled in the wind, its crew crammed by the upper rail to keep it from capsizing. It has not yet raised its spinnaker, the balloonlike sail toward the bow. Perilously close by, the other boat has just turned the marker, its billowing spinnaker a virtual rainbow of iridescent pink, blue, maroon and white
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