It was January 3, 2007 when President Gerald R. Ford was brought to Grand Rapids for his final resting. In a city of 195,000 residents, some 57,000 came to give special tribute. I brought my son, Paul, with me to attend this historical moment.
I began to paint from across the street from Grace Episcopal Church, the crowd and energy began to grow. Suddenly there was a silence and pause in activity around me, people began to separate.
To my surprise, members of the CIA pulled me aside. Steven Ford, the President's son, somehow made aware of my work asked if I would capture the day's activities for his family.
Two of my paintings are now on display at the Gerald R. Ford museum, and the Ford family has several of my paintings in their personal collection. A videotape of my painting this somber event is now in the National Archives and historical record.