Meet Don Jones. He wandered into Jerome High School with a load of manzanita to sell ten days ago. Said he needed money to help his girlfriend with cancer. Needed it for her doctors’ bills. I admired the wood, but explained it was way too big for what I did. I led him over to my gallery and showed him my art, He grabbed an enchanted wand for his windshield,and hung a few feathers on it.
That day I labelled him an angel, and have hung on for the blessings. The treasures he has bought up to me! Gorgeous roots, rocks with gold speckles, antlers, ten-foot tall agave, trash from early settlers. Yesterday we spent the day driving to Cherry and to Crown KIng to see the sights and find areas where we might find more materials.
Don has ideas. We can for use rusty barbed wired for chains on wall hangings. Metal bands and bed springs will be sculpture bases. It seems I will continue with my art. Don wants to construct larger more utilitarian pieces, benches, stools, lockboxes. We will definitely have fabulous wood to work with. And tremendous creativity between us. Adrift will never be the same!
Come be to meet Don, and his lovely rescue cattle dog, Eva. A good storyteller, he will entertain you forever. He specializes in taking orders, going out into the desert to find whatever you asked for.
(There is no girlfriend. He wanted to help a virtual stranger. His heart is big like that!)
"With all the beauty surrounding me here above the Verde Valley, how could I not create more beauty?"