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Too Close To Death To Die

"Too Close To Death To Die"

"I've decided to hike to the old mining town of Apparition, a hard trip that takes hours longer than planned. I'd heard that the only remaining building there was the undertaker's, and that he was also the town's barber and surgeon. It was said he could barber, butcher, or bury with equal enthusiasm.

As darkness envelops the canyon, a wreck of a building looms suddenly before me. I decide to spend the night in its shelter, but sleep evades me. It is past midnight when I hear stamping of hooves, snorting, gentle neighs.

Peering through a shattered window, I see moonlight flooding the dead town,
alive now with the unliving -- spectral horses, ghostly miners raising no
dust as they converge on the saloon.

Faint laughter, tinkling piano, the snap of cards, aces and eights. I feel myself being slowly drawn from the undertaker's world... into the night... into the heart of Apparition."

The painting itself was inspired by my sudden thought one day, that as a painter, working in the West, with a love of haunted places... how could I have for so long ignored ghost towns? The painting you see here combines structures and images that came to life as I carefully researched the wealth of material available in Arizona's largest libraries, and on the web. With a stack of sketches before me, my imagination kicked in, and ultimately my brush took command.

Medium Print size is 7.5" x 9.5", double matted (charcoal over a white liner), backed with rigid foam-core board, ready for framing in any readily available 11" x 14" frame. Shipped Priority Mail.

Large Print size is 12" x 18" on 13" x 19" paper. After I carefully inspect and sign your print, I'll slip it into its protective clear plastic envelope and carefully roll it for mailing to you, together with a page of helpful framing hints. Shipped Priority Mail.

Medium Print: $59.00
Large Print: $69.00
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