Response RE: Robert ClunieMichael Lamanno
Mr. Clunie was a friend of my Grandfather. They met after Mr. Clunie moved to Ventura and then Santa Paula. I was born and raised in Santa Paula and still own (with my sisters(our parents have passed on)) our family house next door to my grandparents former home on Santa Paula St. My Grandfather, Father, & Uncle were flooring contractors which is how my grandfather met Mr. Clunie. He was earning a living at that time doing house painting. They became good friends and remained so, long after Mr. Clunie moved up to Bishop. My Uncle used to go up to Bishop frequently to hunt and fish, and I suspect he often stayed at the Clunie's when up there.
Mr. Clunie gave my Grandfather & Grandmother two of his paintings, one of which I still have. The second my uncle took after grandma passed and he ultimately sold it. To whom I don't know.
As far as I know, Mr. Clunie stuck primarily to painting scenes in the Sierras, so as to whether he ever did any work in Maine, possibly Ms. Clunie or Mr. Hilton would be a better resource if they can be contacted after all this time. One thing about Robert Clunie, he always wrote in his own hand the location, date, and time of day he did his painting. If he was ever doing work in Maine, the painting would have that information on the back of the canvas.
Grandmother diariesPatricia Bendtson
I inherited my Grandmothers daily diaries she had kept starting in 1939. When she and my Grandfather traveled from Florida to West Pemboke, Maine in 1967 (My Grandfathers homeland) It was located on Cobs Cook Bay with many miles of rocky Maine beach. In her 1967 diary she refers to a famous painter from California who asked permission to paint on my Grandparents land. According to the diary, he arrived at their camp August 5th, 1967, was driving a jeep and left around the 13th. I believed he stayed in Eastport during the time painting at my Grandparents, then left to go back to Bar Harbor. My grandparents sold the property many years ago, but we spent many summers, all the cousins camping, clamming, blueberring and just making life long memories. I know this is a long shot, but if there is ANY possibility We are talking about the same Robert Clunie I would love to know if there are any of those Maine Coast paintings from August 1967.
Robert ClunieDuane Hilton
I studied with Robert for over fifteen years in Bishop, he was a great painter and one of my best friends, there is not a day that I think about him.
robert clunie was my grandfatherjill clunie
This was a truly incredible man. The biography on this website doesn't do him justice. He came to this country with nothing. When he moved to bishop, he was married, and built a house with his own 2 hands. I barely knew the man, but he had nothing but love for me whenever I saw him. The warmest heart anyone could ever have the pleasure to know.