Shortly after moving from Mississippi to St. Louis in 1856, Dr. Alfred Lane Patton commissioned Calvin Lemuel Hoole, a self-taught painter in Missouri, to paint the history of the Lane, Thomas, Hampton, and Patton families.
If Herb Caen, the ubiquitous man about town columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote about Long Beach the way he wrote about his beloved adopted city, he'd have devoted many column inches to Walton McNulty.
When Russians try to talk sense into an impatient, restless person, they say, "For heaven's sakes, slow down! It seems like you are sitting on a nail!" I wonder if that describes the art itch that propelled me to dash all over SoCal.