My grandfather, James Mickelson, was a prolific painter over the course of his later years (1926-1998). During this time, he spent his time hunched over various bar tops around the New England area. He lived in several coastal cities there, including Newburyport and Rockport, both in Massachusetts. He painted during this time and would often trade new pieces in to pay for his tabs at the pubs he frequented.
In the years following his death, his work was applauded by critics and art connoisseurs alike. He was named a 'master painter' and was said to be possessed of the premiere artistic vision of late 20th century Newburyport.
Like my father before me, I am trying to assemble all of these pieces in an effort to preserve our family's heritage. Many of his masterpieces were wrongfully taken or kept hidden by various patrons.
This is an effort to spread the life and work, the creative eye and soul, of the painter James (Jim) Mickelson. The initial launch of his famed artwork!