FREDERICK (Rick) L. GREGORY, Gone too soon.
We (I mean the country, the world, the mortal universe) just lost Rick Gregory who held on through a rough year and made it by 5 days past his 79th birthday. This was some singular, remarkable guy.
I did this oil portrait of Rick around 1999. I wanted to give him a kind of Apollo look, unlimited skyward eyes, and blueprints clutched in his powerful, workman’s hands. The only thing I left out was one of his famous bandannas, never without one.
One of his early jobs was in a huge laundry, hauling wet washes through and around machines in Fresno,…..same thing Jack London did half a century earlier in roughly the same neighborhood (Valley of the Moon describes it, Oakland). Rick called himself a “hod-carrier, the sonofabitch who takes huge wood trowels of cement up ladders” to the construction crews. What he loved most was picturing what a landscape needed then making its dreams come true…..water and stone and water and stone and plant life.
Rick was an American granite sculptor, from up Fresno way, who found himself racing sailboats and being on the winning Americas Cup team to Brazil, some years back, staying awhile in Rio to learn from the famed sculptor Noguchi, falling in love with a gorgeous Rio beauty and marrying her, fathering a spectacular daughter (Alexandra) who came to California to be with him, and in his long fabulous lifetime Rick was building gardens and water works all over the world, represented by Big Sur, Rio, Carmel galleries and in fabulous homes, estates, industries. His religion, he said, was Landscape.
Rick’s daughter hosted a spectacular and touching memorial for all his friends this last Sunday, and I gave her the portrait of Rick, which she’d seen and loves, bless her heart. So many friends wanted a picture or poster or card, I’ve put it on my Redbubble Sparhawk Site so you can order things with the image, for those of you who’d like to do so. I hope I’m not embarrassing you good buddy. Rick. You always had a very healthy ego but you were never vain. Wonder if you know how much you were loved.
THE PORTRAIT IS POSTED ON REDBUBBLE!!!
NOW AVAILABLE IN CARDS AND POSTERS, STICKERS AND T SHIRTS, MINISKIRTS, JOURNALS, SCARVES, AND IPAD COVERS AND CLOCKS!! INCREDIBLE. Now I’m sure Rick’s embarassed.
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