Saturday, December 08, 2007
Our very special long-time friend, Chip Thompson, recently published a book, Homefields: The Art of Lanford Monroe, about the life and art of his late wife, Lanford Monroe. For more information about Lanford and her work, you may read her artist biography at the web site of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Lanford Monroe never had any doubt as to what she would do in life - create great paintings. And that's precisely what she did until she died suddenly, unexpectedly, of a heart attack on July 4, 2000. She was only 50.
This large-format book written by R. E. C. (Chip) Thompson, her loving and admiring husband, includes more than 130 paintings by this immensely talented woman who was destined to become one of the nation's greatest artists. The book displays her riveting portrayals of wildlife, her enchanting images of horses and foxhunting, her breathtaking landscapes of rural America and its most famous wilderness areas.
The author was born and reared in Athens, Alabama but has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. He started writing, drawing, and making music from an early age. He met Lanford Monroe in 1989 and was her husband until her death in 2000. He writes, records, and performs his own music and sings, plays the guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, and drums with several bands. He currently makes his home in northern New Mexico in a 250-year-old adobe house. He is currently working on a new recording and a novel. The author is show here at a book signing at the Huntsville Museum of Art.
To order a signed copy of the book, Homefields: The Art of Lanford Monroe, call Rick Smith at The Brodsky Bookshop in Taos at 505.758.9468. Signed copies of the book are available at $60.00 each.