After many years of searching for one of his father’s original oil paintings, Mr. Craignolan was shocked when he came across on of all places, eBay, the painting he’d been looking for. The Craignolan family still holds several paintings that were produced by Leroy Peter Craignolan who was an accomplished artist throughout his adult life.
The younger Craignolan who was born in 1946 had always wanted one of his dad’s paintings from the year he was born. Although many were painted somehow none were saved. As the son said, I guess as any family back then we couldn’t afford to keep the paintings; the money was needed for rent, food and other essentials.
The painting is a landscape, as was most of the work he was producing at that time.
Leroy Peter Craignolan was a graduate of the Pratt School of Design in 1940. He was the Valedictorian that year as well. It was a difficult time in the country for artists, money was tight and art was the last thing people were spending on. He was lucky enough to land several commissions from Field & Stream magazine and The Ford Motor Company doing renderings of their new car models. Each weekend when he had time he would make the trip up to northern New York and paint with what was becoming the new breed of Hudson River Painters.
The work was beautiful as Mr. Craignolan explained and it was an exciting time for the young family. As the younger Craignolan reflected on the past, we could see all the emotion and memories within him. It was a truly moving experience for the Stu-Art Supplies family as well. As you may have guessed, after little negotiation the seller realized the importance of returning the work and made it possible for the family to acquire it again.
We at Stu-Art Supplies are grateful for the trust put in us by The Craignolan family and look forward to working with them on future framing projects.