Arnold E. Turtle, ArtistChuck Fields
In the 1950s my parents owned and operated a fishing resort on the Elwha River and Lake Aldwell near the fabulously scenic Olympic National Park in the NW corner of the state of Washington. Each summer from 1950-53 Chicago artist Arnold E. Turtle flew from Chicago to Seattle and then took a bus to Port Angeles, where my parents picked him up in our 1949 Hudson and drove him to our resort. For 3-4 weeks each summer he used one of our cabins as a home base while he painted various landscapes featuring the rivers, lakes and mountains of the national park. One of his favorite sites was Hurricane Ridge, high in the Olympic Mountains, where he produced paintings of alpine meadows, forests and the spectacular Olympic Mountains, featuring glacier-clad Mt. Olympus. Because Mr. Turtle did not drive, some mornings my parents would drive him on the steep, winding, mostly one-way gravel road about 15 miles up to Hurricane Ridge and leave him for the day to paint. They would then retrieve him in the evening back to his cabin. To show his appreciation for my parents' friendship and help in getting to sites where he wanted to paint, during his last summer at the resort he gave my parents a wonderful 20" x 17' signed oil painting of the Elwha River and surrounding countryside, "Impressions on the Elwha." We always had this special painting in our home and now I have inherited it and would very much like to learn as much as possible about Mr. Turtle. Is he a well-known artist? Did his work include media other than oil paintings? Anything I can find out would be sincerely appreciated.
Arnold Turtle, ArtistRobert H. Bukowski
The Palette and Chisel Academy, a profesional and social club on the Near North Side of Chicago, financed much of its activities by the proceeds of an annual auction of donated work of its members.
My father,Peter I. Bukowski, President of a neighborhood bank, made it a point to attend these auctions and was an active bidder on much of the work in hope of raising the prices and increasing the support of the Academy.Sometimes he was not successful at running up the price and therefore had to complete the purchase. As a result, his office at the bank was embellished by two rather modest "Turtles" and one rather large one in a style similar to the picture illustrating your "askart" entry.
His work is also visible in the respected collection of the Union League Club of Chicago