Isle Royale Reflection
"A few notes from my Isle Royale diary:
July 2, Scoville Point: I found the cottage that would be my home for the next three weeks sequestered under pines and birch on a rocky promontory thirty feet above the waters of Tobin Harbor. Inside, the cottage walls and furniture are slightly askew to a plum line, yet they welcome me as a similarly flawed friend. The wavy window panes sparkle with jewel-like air inclusions. A skilled stone mason built the fireplace and hewed from a log its decorative mantle. Even though it is now late in the evening, the light is only beginning to fade. It has not been necessary to burn the kerosene lamps. Tomorrow I will explore the island for watercolor subjects.
- Richard Schilling*
About the Artist*
Richard Schilling was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from July 2nd to July 20th, 1996. His love of watercolor began as a youngster in grade school when he was chosen to receive instruction in the medium at the University of Nebraska on Saturday mornings. Many years later, he graduated from the same university with a degree in dentistry. For the past thirty-five years he has practiced both dentistry and the art of watercolor painting. “I chose dentistry for my livelihood, but art permeates every aspect of my being. The two are partners that travel easily with unusual harmony.”
Last updated: January 5, 2020