Years ago, Joe Salvatore* came to my workplace to show me his latest painting. I marveled at the strange, vivid biblical image rendered in impasto crayon. Joe needed a studio so I built him an immense work table in the basement of his apartment building. Joe gave me a few of his paintings in return. I was as surprised as anyone when Joe was “discovered” by a New York City art dealer. Success followed but Joe continued to paint as he always had. He died a few years later. I still have the paintings Joe gave me, and the recollections.
*Anthony Joseph Salvatore, Artist; born 1938, Youngstown, Ohio; died 1994, Youngstown, Ohio
Verso, in part: “Luke 2:6-7 … While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”