Painting: Postcard of Red Bird at the White Horse Tavern

Red Bird at the White Horse Tavern - a new Original Contemporary Modern Abstract Art with Mark Making by NYC artist Sarah Fox
Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

My beloved first husband was a well-known writer named William Price Fox. I just called him Bill. Whenever we visited NY, our first stop was always the White Horse Tavern (a celebrated bar for many of NY’s most famous writers – built in 1880). Bill died in 2015 and my world shattered. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to remarry another remarkable man, Mark – but I will always miss my Billy.  So, naturally, when we moved to NYC, one of the first places I wanted to take Mark was the White Horse Tavern.

One of the ways Mark is remarkable is that he allows me to grieve over Bill, still, after all these years – he even looks for signs that Bill might be around, still, somehow, somewhere. The day we visited the White Horse, we sat outside (because, of course, this is the year of the pandemic). Not long after our beers arrived, so did a redbird. I’d never seen a redbird in NYC. Just sparrows and pigeons. Mark said, “Yep, Bill’s here.”

So I came back and painted this for Billy.

This is a Contemporary Abstract Figurative Expressionism with Mark Making made with acrylic paints, oil pastels and charcoal on canvas – it is a painting that tells a story.

Copyright © 2020 Sarah Gilbert Fox

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By Sarah Gilbert Fox

Published novelist and artist.