Stephen Crane is best known for writing the classic novel The Red Badge of Courage, but he also wrote over 100 free verse poems. His "spirited" writing style was fueled by coffee, tobacco and lack of sleep which hastened the effects of tuberculosis and led to his early death. As he sensed death approaching he wrote furiously, perhaps determined to be remembered as a writer. Soon after learning all this about Mr. Crane I asked myself, 'Aren't we all dying?' and the output of my paintings doubled. These five paintings, which were shown at Goldfish Gallery during April 2009 and are included in my "Myst" book, are meant as a tribute to him.
~ Charles Keenan
"I will be savoring it, especially the five Crane paintings, but they are all gorgeous! I can't wait to display it at the Crane House."