He was my uncle. He was my dad's only family. He was a loving husband, brother and uncle. He was the smartest man I knew. He was always jolly. The sound of his laugh will ring in my head forever. He loved music. He loved the stock market. He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks. He loved politics. He loved all sports, especially horse racing. He loved Budwieser, J&B and Winstons.
He loved art.
Steve began collecting art in the 80's in Alexandria, Virginia. He continued this throughout his life. Beryl Cook. Jan Balet. Michel Delacroix. Peter Heard. They filled every square inch of his walls and he could tell you a story about each. Watching Beryl sign her piece at the dining room table. Nights out in Europe with Peter and Mary. He could tell you the life story of each artist and the history behind every painting. He truly loved art.
We lost my uncle in May of 2016, but we gained an extraordinary art collection. Our family has picked out the pieces that mean the most to us. Now it is time to let others enjoy the pieces we could never fit in our homes.
As much as we wish Steve were still here with us today, we know that he will forever live on in his collection. We can always look at one of these pieces of art and hear that laugh.
"May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young."