Twisted …

The colorful and charming columns on the front of the historic YMCA building in Tucson designed, along with the main building, in 1930 by architect Annie Graham Rockfellow, are reminiscent of the twisted columns on the Roman Baroque altars of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. These, of course, have a southwest flair with the lizards crawling on and peeking […]

Good Friday

It’s Good Friday – the day to reflect upon Christ’s crucifixion. I have many friends who aren’t persons of any faith or that have differing interpretations of and beliefs in the Supreme Creator. Those who are wise have the full conviction of their faith without arrogance in claiming to have all the answers or the […]

Susan Kliewer

If you find yourself in the beautiful red-rock community of Sedona, Arizona, south of Flagstaff, take the time to find the Mountain Trails Galleries ( upstairs in Tlaquepaque. If you are lucky, you will be able to watch the award-winning sculptor Susan Kliewer working on a clay sculpture that will eventually be cast in bronze […]

Yes, This is Tucson!

With a sixteen degree overnight low, even running water was frozen in my home of Tucson, Arizona. This is a nine-foot high fountain at Catalina United Methodist Church, which I drove by today on my way to a job. Needless to say, I had to turn around and snap some shots of the fleeting sight. The pigeon perched […]

Madonna and Child

In 1890 the American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) created this masterpiece in glass. It is now housed at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida.  It is a rather large piece, having a diameter of about six feet. I had the privilege of seeing this work and being granted […]

Prescott Cafe

Looking for a quaint get-away? The northern Arizona town of Prescott  has a cozy little downtown area hopping with restaurants, sidewalk cafe’s and  boutique shopping. We were there by chance  (the first weekend in November), when they had Oktoberfest activities on the town square by the courthouse. Lots of college students, tourists and motorcycle enthusiasts filled the streets […]

Window panel – Stained glass birds

… another beautiful leaded-glass window by the American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) in it’s permanent collection at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida.  For museum information see: Reproduction, copying & file sharing of this image prohibited.  

The Struggle

Do any of your days feel like this? The eternal struggle of man vs. beast; man vs. nature; man vs. his own internal beast –  so wonderfully portrayed by the Czech-born American artist Albin Polasek  (1879-1965) – can be seen by Lake Osceola at The Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens ( in Winter Park, Florida. Image copyrighted. […]

Tiffany Stained Glass

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art ( houses a fantastic collection of work by the master American stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848- 1933)  in the Winter Park, Florida site outside Orlando. This is a leaded-glass window panel display reminiscent of triptych altar panels with some smaller Tiffany decorative bowls shown below. […]

Fine Art in Orlando

In 2006 I was part of a press trip sponsored by the Peabody Hotel’s Orlando Peabody Alliance for the Arts and Culture (OPAAC),  which brought travel writers and photographers to  Orlando to discover all that is art in a city usually viewed as a venue for amusement parks. We didn’t go anywhere near those typical tourist spots, but instead basked […]

St. Francis of Assisi

  In remembrance of my father, Gerald Francis Bovell, on this, his birthday October 27, 1925 – April 28, 2008     THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is […]