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In the 1960s, he hired a Navajo family to take him to Canyon de Chelly and allow him to document their lives in pastel. By Zachary Jernigan galleries, but gave this pursuit up. LARSON NEWSPAPERS "That got to be too much of a headache," he said. He moved to Sedona after the galleries sold Leslie B. DeMille -- Les, to his friends and proceeded for the next 20 years to teach art -- suffered a stroke two years ago, impacting his throughout the world. motor skills and mind enough to make his lifelong His stroke, .he said, put an end to that, as Well. For pursuit of portraiture difficult, a time after being struck by the ailment, he admitted He struggled to recollect facts as he outlined the that he felt as if he had reached the end -- as if course of his life, which began in 1927 in Ontario, it might be better to simply give up. He came to Canada. At the age of 5, he began drawing. He then Sedona Winds in the Village of Oak Creek a little moved on to oil painting, becoming proficient in the less than a year ago. medium. Rehab, however, gave DeMilles a new perspec- "When I started painting and drawing, I decided I tive, He became stronger, recovering the use of his wanted to paint and live as an artist," he said. physical faculties enough to start doing portraits In the 1960s, after years of producing art on his again. own, DeMille's resolve took him, his wife, their "Rehab brought me back to life," he said. "I five children and a dog to Southern California. He brought myself up and I'm going again." had no job prospects and only a $400 loan from his Now, he has plans to begin teaching again. father-in-law. "My talking isn't everything, but i think I can Despite his inexperience in the medium, he took show them," he said, describing how he wants a job doing pastel portraits at Knott's Berry Farm. to assist artists in the transitional phase -- those "I'd never used pastels before," DeMille said' falling between merely competent and truly excel- with a smile. "I got pretty good at them." lent-- and help them make that leap into producing From KnoWs Berry Farm, he moved on to the real works of art. dining room at Disneyland, where he did evening By demonstrating to them his portraits of the diners -- portraits that he esti- technique, DeMille hopes to make a difference in mated took between 15 and 20 minutes and surely their artistic lives. numbered in the thousands. "I want to do what I can, because I know it's frus- Eventually, he landed his own television program trating," he said. on PBS, "Portraits in Pastel." This lasted throughout He waved his hands, trying to summon the words the decade leading into the 1970s and firmly to describe seeing something in your mind and cemented DeMille's reputation as a pastel artist, being unable to recreate it on paper or canvas. Throughout the next four decades, he made his "I'm trying to get back into what I can do," he~ living solely offhis art. In addition to subjects he said. "I just feel that I'm at a point now to be able to found while traveling, he painted -- and sculpted use my technique, the stuff I've gleaned, to impart -- some of the most prominent political figures and knowledge." athletes in the United States; On one occasion, he painted and then played golf with Tiger, Woods. 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From LtoR Board Certified Medical Oncologists Peter Mathern, MD, Paul Kuefler, MD, Pamela Miel, MD, Deborah Lindquist, MD, and Michael Vu, MD, PharmD ,d Altagracias 'got out' of tough life Hello, readers. Today I have a sad story. When I met Altagracias, I was a teenager. She was an old woman -- not in years, but wom out due to a hard life. I was still in high school -- she never had any schooling. I had a young son -- I was told she had borne 19 children and raised 15 of them. No one could verify the exact number. I had aj ob at night in a warm, clean building -- Alta took in laundry to help support her family. I lived in a modem, one- bedroom apartment in the and trust that her husband might change. After several years, there were so many children she couldn't think about leaving, even after many other women of her faith were "getting out." She spent her life raising chil- dren, cleaning, sewing by hand, chopping firewood and having to accept charity -- clothing and food -- from her church. She made tortillas, beans, potatoes and rice daily on her wood stove, which was also the only source of heat in her to6 pork chops or smai! ; ;;~ steaks . .... .... 1 !i !1 cups uncooked wild rice or long grain dce, ; 2:cups water, : Z envelope dry onion soup Water'iiiioveriithe~i city -- she lived in .an old home during the snowytop o~ the dee: and water, wooden house at the end. Cooking With winters, sp~inkie with the onion soup of a dirt road in a small Mary Ann She grew old and tired mix;and then ,pour the undi- town in the mountains, before her time. Her body luted cream of mushroom I I learned about her life. was worn out from thesoup over all. Place the lid Her husband wouldn't MARY ANN back-breaking work and on and cook on high for one work. He spent his time in 60VE so many babies. As her I houri Lower heat to low and .I the bars in the little town children left home, many where they lived. The """ never kept in touch. ; babies came, one after The last time I saw one day after a short illness. Her another, for 20 years. Altagracias, she thanked me again only regret was that her husband The oldest daughter made it for bringing my son to see her. By had never, accepted the Lord and through sixth grade, then had to then, we both knew my husband she feared for his soul. One year quit school tO stay home and help didn't want to be married, didn't later her husband followed her with her younger siblings. She want to be a father, would not down that path to meet his Lord. I later married a man with a fourth- support us and I would soon wondered what he would have to grade education. They raised five be divorced. He had become say for himself. children. All graduated from high mentally and physically abusive. Today we have an easy slow school. Alta told me how proud Alta told me to leave before there cooker recipe using pork chops, she was of her oldest daughter were more babies. She was glad I but it would be just as nice with -- my mother-in-law -- for what had a good job and could afford to beef. was called "getting out." She was leave. Cooking with Mary Ann, happy her daughter married a A few months later, I drove written by Mary Ann Gove, good, hard-workingman, my mother-in-law, who never appears every week. Gove and I asked Alta why she never leamedto drive, to the little house her husband moved from Phoenix left. She said her priest told her" on the mountain for her mother's to Bridgeport, near Cottonwood, she must remain in her marriage funeral. Altagracias died quietly in 1993. Try Our Environmentally Friendly Pest Control Service I N ITIAL AN D FREE MONTH. Cottonwood: 639-4444 Sedona: 284-9688 * Camp Verde: 567-6688 www.HighDesertPest.com |