"His genius, I believe, was in seeing
the creative character in the people he
painted and that was the spirit that showed
through in his art. That is a rare and
beautiful, wonderful aptitude.
"His art must be viewed as an amazing
spiritual force. He was very selfless,
always seeking out the other person rather
than himself and to him everything else
was subordinate. When you are dealing
with the spirit, the mind and body become
one so all the worldly aspects seem to
disappear and only the spirit seems to
remain, so that one is hardly aware of
"Al was looking in depth for soul.
It would emerge and grow on the canvasses.
Painting portraits, especially for Al,
could take a long time. He was a good
story teller, and he had human interests
to share. That's how he enlivened the
"Combat art forced him into another
style. He was good in that too. He loved
the Navy and made a whole new realm of
friends in shared admiration for it.
"Al's loyalty to friends engendered
strong loyalties in return. The goodness
and creativity that Al saw in others are
sketched in his work."