one day, back when ron and i were working together at kptl in carson city, this crazy lady came into the radio station looking to paint or draw something for the radio station. i guess she thought we were television and not radio.
well, even though we knew she was a couple of enchiladas short of a #6 combo, we talked about how we could use this woman’s talent in order to help her out.
and talented she was.
she was as talented as she was crazy!
her portfolio was loaded with wonderful examples of her artwork, from oils to watercolors to charcoal.
she had a great oil of pope john paul ii that is, or was, hanging in the vatican, and a very realistic watercolor of the silver legacy casino in reno.
so, ron commissioned her to do renderings of the air staff.
knowing that tq, being the former mrs. nevada and all, would feel slighted if she didn’t get hers first, he had “the crazy artist” (everybody has a nickname in and around the “secret obelisk society” and that became janet’s) begin with her image.
about a week later she returned with the rendering of tq.
so, needles to say, i was a little apprehensive about my turn.
she took a photo home that somebody else had recently shot of me on one day, came back a day later with her 35mm and shot a few more before heading back to her home.
the sad story is: her home was a van that she shared with a dog that we never saw.
about a week or two later: she showed up with a folder containing my portrait.
i didn’t even want to open it when she handed it to me; i didn’t know if i could look gracious under that kind for pressure; i just knew it was going to be. . . well. . . not great.
until, however, i actually saw the rendering!
i thought i was looking at myself in the mirror.
i mean that thing looks more like me than me!
my friend, jim fannin, says the image haunts him my eyes are so lifelike.
i never hoped for it to be as good as it turned out!
let me remind you: she was living in her van and that is where she created my rendering in charcoal and pencil.
every time i look at that thing i am blown away with it.
shortly after, she had to leave town (i assume in her van) and we never saw her again.
scott (of the famous “scott and monty show”) and jarvis never got their turns for immortality and the other artwork ron commissioned (a parade of rock and roll stars gathering under the reno arch, as the kptl crew, with ron behind the wheel of a 1963 corvette, passed).
all of these things were commissioned, not because we needed artwork for the radio station, but because ron was trying to help out the crazy artist.
today my friend, kathryn (i’ll have to tell the story of how she and i missed our connecting flight out of atlanta when we were coming home from myrtle beach bike week), suggested that i use that image as my picture on the blog.
when things were not going so well for me, kathryn was the one person who helped me to believe in myself. well, fannin always tells me to remember that i am monty wolf and nobody else is. but, he’s not as attractive as kathryn. and a pretty woman is much easier to believe than some dude, even if he is one of my radio heroes.
thank you kathryn!
thank you fannin!
and thank you janet, the crazy artist!