Yesterday we hung out with Roger and Sarah Bansemer, who produce a TV show on painting. I did this portrait of Roger in a diner. I've corresponded with Roger for about 20 years, so it was nice to meet him.
The Bansemers travel all over America in a Chinook camper van. They have produced over 40 TV programs so far, and their shows are available now on more than 100 PBS channels.
We went to a Hudson River estate and Roger set up four video cameras to peer over our shoulders as we both painted and talked. We had to stop working when a thunderstorm rolled in and we were nearly struck by lightning. One of the white umbrellas lifted off its stand and flew ten feet up in the sky. I don’t think any of the cameras caught that on video.
To show you what good people the Bansemers are, they travel with a dog named Silver that they rescued from the homeless animal shelter. Silver is completely blind and deaf and can’t walk. We had to carry him around and cup our hands to give him water because it was a hot day.
While we were waiting around to get started, I drew a portrait of Silver. I admire the way old dogs bear their suffering with patience and nobility.
Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah (with sample TV show)
Bansemer's Book of the Southern Shores
At Water's Edge: The Birds of Florida
Mountains in the Mist: Impressions of the Great Smokies