Impressions of Cranbrook
After receiving my B. F. A at Yale, I went directly to Cranbrook in the fall of 1952, on a tution scholarship. I had just married my first wife, Jaqueline (died 1973) and to us Cranbrook was a honeymoon in the Garden of Eden.
The ambience of Cranbrook with its beautiful grounds and warm, humanly scaled architecture was both calming and, at the same time, inspired creativity. It was, to me a community of artists from many disciplines and cultures, sharing ideas.
Zoltan Sepeshy, a realist painter was my primary teacher and also the Director of the school. He had the rare ability to foster the unique qualities that were beginning to bud in me and to bring them out gently. He wanted his students to develop in what ever direction their own creativity lead. I brought that philosophy to my teaching at SIUC.