Trump to Smear Watercolors that Speak to the Soul of America's Monuments and Landscape
09/05/2018

POTUS signs order turning oil and coal industries loose to dig, drill and mine US natural treasures and Landmarks that the world will never recognize again.

Online PR News – 05-September-2018 – West Bloomfield, MI – Ralph Hashoian, a former humble, art teacher from Dearborn, Michigan, today is an American artist. In the spirit of past American western artists, Frederick Remington, Alfred Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and Ansel Adams to name a few, Hashoian has developed over the decades "a spontaneous watercolor style that melds the linear exactitude of Ben Shahn and the semi-abstract, free-wheeling color dabs and swatches of John Marin."

Following in the artistic brush strokes of those internationally renowned, Hashoian's students, peers and patrons have benefited at traditional exhibitions in salons and galleries, and from the ubiquitous new era web publishing. We continue to be inspired by the soulful impressions of his art.

Humanity must give thanks to those early curators and contemporary artists, as nature's American western sculptures, her monuments, are preserved with the inspirations of many artistic plagiarists. Trump has turned nature's conservators into pirates, forced to steal the final visions of America's beauty. Trump's action, also dooms the wild red rock canyons, the prized hunting and fishing areas, and tens of thousands of Native American archaeological sites.

Without paying a dime to the federal government, speculators will be able to stake a claim to mine for uranium, potash, and any other mineral that they believe can be extracted from the monuments largest elimination of protections for public lands in American history.

As an art teacher fresh from college, Ralph Hashoian began his career at a Dearborn middle school, O. L. Smith, in the mid-1950's. Seven decades later, complete, and intact, with his deadpan humor, Hashoian at or near his nineties, has kept his fingers on the palette of young artists.

One such Hashoian protégé, a high school student of the sixties, is James Williams, one of the many artist-conservators. Williams has spent two/thirds of his life in the west, from Venice Beach to the four corners of Colorado's sagebrush terrain. He remained close to Hashoian within a correspondence and a shared professional radius. Williams' art embraced a bountiful of artistic genres. Yet, his landscape watercolors rival his mentor's in volume and impressionistic beauty.

Their mentor/student collaboration began to focus on Williams' backyard and vistas (approximately 25,000 square miles over four states). Hashoian would receive photographs of the many vistas. He would construct his own impressions of the prominent peaks and mesas into "…masterful control of color balance, composition and eye movement throughout his creative forays," asserted Williams. "Hashoian's work is a calligraphic visual dance. While deceptively free-spirited, it is hardly unconstrained."

More evidence that Hashoian fingerprints appear on brochures of young artists today at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Three artists opened the "Rock, Paper, Paintbrush" exhibit at the Padzieski Gallery on March 9, 2018, a testament to the Dearborn's strong support for the arts at its three public high schools.

Artists Mohamad Bazzi, 48, a member of the Fordson High School class of 1987; Wendy Sample, 65, a 1970 Edsel Ford High School graduate; and Elroy Grandy, 70, Dearborn High School class of 1966, are showing their work together in Dearborn for the first time. The exhibit ran through April 13.

Wendy Sample said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher but originally planned to teach math. Then she enrolled in a few high school art classes, and teacher Ralph Hashoian took her under his wing.

"I switched to be an art teacher," she said. "I went to Alma College where I luckily got to study under Ed Jacomo, who was nationally known as an art educator, so I was very lucky to have two great influences."

Sample said she likes to work in a lot of different media, but she loves exploring new ways to work with paper and clay, including the use of high-tech lasers. She also likes to add found objects to her work.

The legacy of Ralph Hashoian is already intact. And his art is perched to sustain both sunlight and criticism. We can only hope they will survive Donald Trump.