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From San Rafael, California on a windy January in 1952, I've taken quite a few steps. My father told me how to walk in the woods when I was about 6, how to pilot a boat when I was 8, bought me a Kay guitar when I was 9 then told me not to ever join the army when I was about 13.
University of Oregon 1969 -- Everything else, until I met my wife on Manhattan's Canal Street in 1973, is complicated filler. In short, I've worn lots of different hats and hung them all over the place. Now, I have the chance to concentrate on what I really love about being alive in this amazing Creation, and to read what I like, when I like; listen to and make the kind of music that gives me peace and to write.
I learned my craft post-college, spending 20-plus years in the trenches of advertising and publicity as a graphic designer, marker-pen-jockey, art director and copy writer. I served the needs of a wide range of clients from corporate multinationals to non-profits and small retail businesses.
Our family business, since 1985 has been trading and retail in the American Indian arts, primarily Southwestern cultures. Indigenous cultures world wide, have an amazing resilience and ability to endure despite the most repressive conditions imposed by more "advanced" occupiers.
This has been the norm since our species emerged to find the ice melting! I try to reveal characters in whom this interplay and struggle is evident, in my work. Celtic/Irish themes are a specialty and a life-long interest, probably having something to do with my Irish-Anglo bloodlines and my Irish wife!
on April 16, 2012 :
Richard Sutton’s ability to paint a rich picture of the Irish countryside and to portray a warm and loving Irish family continues undiminished in this sequel to The Red Gate.
Even in the countryside, the O’Deirgs are unable to avoid involvement in the violence of Ireland’s fight for independence, and the sudden arrival of their unknown American cousins doesn’t make it easier. But through it all, their mysterious secret gives them hope.
The rather remarkable mystical connection of the O’Deirg women is mirrored in the American aboriginal background of their new family connection. Can they keep their secret from her? Should they?
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 28, 2011 :
Wonderful continuation of an historical Irish tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of mystery in the thin places and mists of time.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)