Winslow Homer; Our Inspiration and Muse

The titles of some of the works of the great American artist; Winslow Homer, have inspired the titles of my books; The Veteran in a New Field and The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty. Homer, early in his career, was what we might today call an ‘embedded’ illustrator with the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War. He was not a tourist, but shared in the lives, hardships and deaths of the soldiers with whom he camped. As with the hero of my books; Homer experienced the profound realities of war. His mother wrote; “He came home so changed that his best friends did not know him.”

Recently, RJ and I travelled to the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY to view a representative collection of his paintings that was mounted there. An excellent museum and an excellent show.

Possible titles for upcoming books by this author (some of which were in the Arkell show and some not): In Front of the Guard House, Home Sweet Home, Contraband, Prisoners from the Front, Skirmish in the Wilderness 1864, Promenade on the Beach, The Empty Sleeve at Newport.


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