In July of 2012, two months after Shadows on the Mesa was released, I was diagnosed with a serious health issue that forced me to greatly curtail nearly all plans for exhibitions in conjunction with the book. Despite the chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation other assorted treatments (which fortunately to date have proven very effective) I was lucky enough to have two museums host an exhibition, lecture, book signing, etc..
Many thanks to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and the Phippen Museum in Prescott for their support. That’s me below at the lecture/book signing at the Phippen in January 2013. The painting on the bottom is a beautiful Ferdinand Burgdorff painting of Betatakin Ruins dated 1924, which unfortunately I did not procure until after the book was sent off to the Schiffer Books for publication.
The piece on top is a Carl Eytel sketch of an unknown trading post somewhere near the Colorado River, circa 1902.
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Welcome! Yá'át'ééh! "Looking for Jimmy" is a compilation of musings, adventures and misadventures by yours truly, an author, art dealer and appraiser.
From 2002 until 2014 I was the owner and operator of the Blue Coyote Gallery in Cave Creek, Arizona. I have also authored five non-fiction books including "All Aboard-The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed" and "Shadows on the Mesa-Artists of the Painted Desert and Beyond."
What all of my books have in common is they have taken place entirely or in part on the Colorado Plateau in Arizona -also known as Red Rock Country, Canyon Country, Maynard Dixon Country and Dinétah, or Navajo Country.
To me, it's "Jimmy Swinnerton Country", named after the famed cartoonist and artist who traveled and portrayed the area extensively via cartoons and paintings in the early 20th century. Hence the name, "Looking for Jimmy."
(If you haven't yet figured out the reason for the name start with my early posts. I'm sure it will become as clear as the sky in the Four Corners region.)
Also, in the mere hope of entertaining the reader, my blog entries are intended to be much lighter (often tongue-in-cheek) than my books. Yet one more reason to title this site after a famous cartoonist.
Update May 2015: I've decided to expand the subject matter to include all of the Southwestern U.S...primarily southern California, Arizona and New Mexico (aka artist Carl Oscar Borg's "Magic Region".)
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