My Grandfather was a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1921 to 1960. Two of his most favorite hobbies were ancestry and photography.
He traced our family back to Bishop William Reed, born 1388, 5 generations beyond the 4 passengers on the Mayflower from which we are descendants. 60-70 years ago, his project took several years to complete. The chart he created is framed and hangs on a wall in our home.
Recently, we had an opportunity to have an expert genealogist check Melvin’s work. Using online resources he confirmed the accuracy of the chart in just a few hours.
The multi-talented artist was my first role model. His musicianship exposed me to the opportunities available in the arts.
The family tree he created gave me a life-long feeling of being grounded.
Melvin’s street-photography took advantage of his world-wide travels with the BSO.
The reflex camera and light meter he gave me on my 8th birthday introduced me to a life-long interest in the art of photography.
With his instructions, I learned to control the depth of field by adjusting the camera settings when I was eight years old!
Everyone who took the time to get to know this Appaloosa quickly realized Neela was no ordinary horse. Smart, charismatic, funny and always eager for an adventure on the trails or in the show ring.
Caring and training horses at a young age offers many lessons in dedication and discipline that can shape ones personality in many positive ways.
Competing in the show ring, like all youth sports, teaches competitors an important strategy for attaining success. When you repeatedly set smaller more attainable goals, larger more difficult goals are achievable.
Lenny Harmon introduced me to Neela and taught me a lot about horses. Lenny had grown up on a cattle ranch in Utah and had been around horses all his life. He also enjoyed photographing horses and those two shared interests created an interesting bond between us. I learned a lot of useful skills from both Lenny and the horse he put me on.
The young man who would later become Sharon’s father, was a scout in General Patton’s army. At the age of 19, he would nightly pair up with another young man to hike the intended route the rest would be following in the morning. He told me, “We knew our job was to step on landmines so the army wouldn’t. We did not expect to survive the war, none of us did.”
One night the two of them hid under a garbage pile where they laid motionless for 3 days as German army marched by. He never said how the two of them escaped back to the US side of the Battle of the Bulge.
After surviving the war Jay lived everyday as a gift. For the rest of his life his mission was to put a smile into everyone’s heart. Every birthday we would receive a card from him with a small cartoon drawn on the front of the envelope. He always had a joke or two ready. And his quips were priceless. In addition to making you laugh, he knew how to make you feel good about yourself. He had a way of making you feel important, grounded and in the moment.
He touched the lives of so many people when he died the minister said the closest parking space he could find was over a mile away. The funeral director said he had never seen or heard of so many people attending a wake.
The lessons learned from her father served Sharon very well through over 20 years teaching young children in an inner-city gammer school.
Putting a smile into the hearts of people by making them feel important, beautiful and in the moment is the core mission of our portraiture work today. When clients describes how they feel each time they look at their portraits we feel the warmth of Jay Eggly’s smile.
“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.”
– Georgia O’Keefe
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