The year: 1899 The place: Buffalo, NY The event: The American debut of the play Sherlock Holmes, adapted, directed and performed by William Gillette with the imprimatur of the author of the Holmes canon, Arthur Conan Doyle.
William Gillette - the American playwright, director, actor - brought Sherlock Holmes to life for generations of theater-going American audiences. He was born in 1853 in the same Hartford, Connecticut neighborhood that was also home to Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain.
For decades, Gillette was the absolute embodiment of Conan Doyle's much-beloved fictional detective, and it was this line from his play - 'Oh, this is elementary, my dear fellow' - that gave rise to the oft-repeated 'Elementary, my dear Watson', first spoken by Clive Barker, who was the original talking film actor to portray the great detective. The line never actually appears in any of Conan Doyle's written works.
William Gillette eventually built an eclectic house, which he often called his 'Hadlyme stone heap' - known today simply as 'Gillette Castle' - in that town on a high bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. The room in this painting is one of the many in that house, and it is where I imagine 'the American Sherlock Holmes' might have received visitors seeking his assistance.
Digital oils from an original photograph shot May 29, 2004.
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here: http://bit.ly/In88Eg Thanks and bright blessings to the marvellous editors of Pink Panther for this extraordinary validation of my work.
April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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