Selected Early Creative Works: A Memoir

Selected Early Creative Works: A Memoir

by Donald M. Ferguson


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The exciting, new, art book memoir titled: "Selected Early Creative Works: A Memoir", presents and showcases original fine art by international American artist and painter, Mr. Robert Bruce Ferguson (1920 - 1990). This incredible book is a world premiere presentation for 20th century fine art by Bob Ferguson that the public around the world have never seen before. This art is just a sample (see front and back cover) of his prolific body of fine art works. This award winning "Memoir Book", was one of the worlds best art books for 2017. See the free book preview or overview available on the internet. The book is a memoir to the talented and gifted American artist and teacher Mr. Robert B. Ferguson. The book consists of original fine art, and autobiography by the subject artist, and American essays, and biography by the author. The book is chiefly color, includes bibliographical references, and has approximately 220 text pages, with a page size of 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" and a soft cover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524674021
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 09/28/2017
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 410,844
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mr. Donald M. Ferguson serve a career in the Federal Civil Service in a position with regional procurement management with a Federal legislative branch agency known at that time as the United States Government Printing Office. He completed his Federal career, and retired in 1999. Ferguson has been a published author since the early 1960's. He writes adult level nonfiction. He has authored several books, and has published many feature articles for a national industry journal/magazine. His official depository library is the Hilton M. Briggs Library at South Dakota State University. He spends his time in California.


Hometown: Sacramento, California

Year of Birth: 1939


B.S. in Engineering, California Polytechnic University, SLO, 1961

M.S., South Dakota State University, 1963

B.S. in Laws, California College of Law, 1974

A.A. in General Technology, Sacramento City College, 1976

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Robert joins the Army Air Corps (USAAC) and becomes an eye witness to the war in the Pacific Theater.

Robert states in his autobiography:

Since I was 21 years old [fall of 1941] I figured that I would soon be drafted, so I did go first to the Navy, and they then were accepting no one who wore glasses. I went north to see the family and then went down to Seattle to the Army recruiting place. The sergeant at the desk asked (head down) "color of hair?" Black. "Color of skin?" I dunno, ruddy? "Color of eyes?" Green. He looked up and said, "They're either blue or they're brown." I hope I said, "You choose." In any case I was immediately enlightened as to what the army would be like. He did ask me if I wanted to be in the Infantry or the Air Corps, and I quickly said, "Air Corps." I was sent to Scott Field in Illinois to radio school. I had asked for Photography but I guess everyone had been asking for that. The Radio School taught both Morse Code and radio mechanics. I thought, "I've got to come out of here as an operator for I'll never understand mechanics ..." Well, all to no avail. Wherever I went I was a mechanic. In the big planes my outfit had, the radios were just clipped in place, and if it didn't work we just unclipped it and sent it to Signal Corps and put in a new one. And in the radio section there were several guys who were really savvy, so they took over if the rest of us duds couldn't do it. Eh ... so they finally made me a Staff Sergeant. (By this time the Army Air Corps was changed to The Air Force and was no longer in the Army. I was in the lucky 13th Air Force.)

When Robert returned to his home in Everett, Washington, after his military service in 1945, his father insisted that he get a professional, formal, photograph taken of himself in uniform.

Going overseas we first spent 6 months in the Hawaiian Island, then the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, the Admiralty Islands, Wakke Island near New Guinea, the Schouten Isles, then finally on Morotai in the Moluccas (the Dutch East Indies) once called the Spice Islands. Returning to the states, we were sent to the Philippines to await a ship. We were in enormous, long tents, and one day I walked through the one next to mine, and who did I see playing cards in the aisle? Frank Moe. Hiroshima occurred when we were in the mid-Pacific.

The planes we had were the very large B24s and to protect them they were based as far back as they could so they wouldn't be bombed on the strip by the Japanese. In the New Hebrides, every once in a while, one of their planes would come over and then the search lights would follow it. We were supposed to get into our tent's foxhole, but I don't remember ever doing it, after it was called "Washing Machine Charlie" I don't remember feeling "impending doom," but I'll bet some of the crews on the bombers did, with flak coming up at them.

As to climate, it was the tropics, but the tent living areas were always very close to the sea in palm groves, and there was usually a sea breeze. Forget it if you worked inside a plane; it was hot as blazes.

Photo of Robert Ferguson (left), and his older brother, John Ferguson. Bob was on leave from the Army Air Corps. Photo was taken in Seattle, Washington, November 1942.

Robert was very modest about his military service. He did not provide much in his autobiography, and nothing beyond that was chronicled as to what he did and experienced in the military to my limited knowledge.

His brother Don served in the United States Merchant Marine as a chief radioman. He and his merchant vessel was caught up in the Guadalcanal Campaign. His freighter was torpedoed right in the middle, and it split the ship in two. He was in his radio room in the stern area of the ship, which went under first. His room door was jammed and he could not open it. He got lucky when someone running by opened the door. He ran out and jumped over the side just as the stern part of the ship was going down. When he was in the water, he grabbed a pontoon or some other floating structure. He held onto that as the suction of the rear piece of the ship took him down approximately 30 feet, and he did not think he was going to make it! All of a sudden, he shot straight up out of the water! Don said years later that he thought that his brother "Bob" actually saw more war action than all of his five brothers. His other four brothers all served with the United States Navy in the "Pacific Theater."

Robert was a member of "the greatest generation," as were his brothers and sisters, as described by broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw in his 1998 book, "The Greatest Generation." We give them all a hearty thanks for their loyal and enthusiastic service to their country.

Robert received his "honorable discharge" from the U.S. Army circa 1945.

The United States war plane arsenal was very limited at the beginning of World War II in the Pacific, Europe, and worldwide. A few of the notable U.S. war planes used by the U.S. Army Air Force in the "Pacific Theater," in the war against Japan, were the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. These three war planes were used successfully to bring WWII to an end in the "Pacific Theater." These war planes were as beautiful in appearance as they were deadly and destructive in the war!

The U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) was the military aviation department for the USA during WWII, and was a component of the US Army. This air corps service eventually became the US Air Force in the late 1940s shortly after the war was over.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a heavy, long range fighter produced between 1941 and 1945 by Lockheed, and primarily used by the U.S. Army Air Forces in the Pacific theater of operations, and the China – Burma – India theater of operations. This American-made fighter was used successfully throughout World War II in the southwest pacific theater from Pearl Harbor to victory over Japan. This "warbird" was used for many military purposes, which included operations as a day and night fighter, as a torpedo bomber, and as a reconnaissance and patrol aircraft.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber primarily employed by the U.S. Army Air Forces in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the war in the Pacific early in WWII, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields. The bomber was produced during the years 1936 – 1945. B-17 bombers in the Pacific theater were replaced by B-24s by mid-1943. By coincidence, a group of twelve B-17s on their way to the Philippines arrived at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The consolidated B-24 Liberator was a heavy bomber introduced in 1941, and was manufactured from 1940 – 1945. More of these bombers were built during WWII than any other American Aircraft. It was used primarily by the US Army Air Forces, and many other Allied air forces around the world. It was also used in a variety of roles such as large payload and long-range bombing, delivery of precision guided munitions, cargo transport, patrol service, air cover for convoys, search and rescue, anti-submarine service, and photographic reconnaissance. The bomber had nicknames like "Flying Boxcar" and "Flying Coffin." The B-24 replaced the smaller, slower, and shorter-ranged B-17. In the Pacific Theater, and the Southwest Pacific Theater, the B-24 was used a lot to bomb the Japanese islands, merchant marine, and naval ships.



American Artist and His Fine Art

This brief biography/memoir is about the talented American artist and teacher Mr. Robert B. Ferguson (1920 - 1990). He can be portrayed as a twentieth century, American modern art painter. His preferred painting styles were in impressionism, and abstract expressionism. "Impressionism was a nineteenth century art movement." Expressionism in fine art began in the early twentieth century and both styles are sympathetic with what is "modern", and therefore are "modernist" art movements. All of Roberts fine art painting demonstrated character, maturity, and intellectual qualities. He created superior and complex images in life and nature including seascapes, landscapes, still life, and portraiture. He liked to show his observations of life, and nature, his visual perceptions, which provided depth perception, complex spatial dimensions, and relationships. He had a masterful use of color. All of his fine art paintings were more than just "beautiful pictures or art!" Robert painted, exhibited, and sold his fine art paintings in the United States, and Europe beginning about 1945-1946. Robert (Bob) is one of North America's twentieth century crown jewels in the field of creative arts, and one of the best modern art painters of his generation! Once you see his modern art and his remarkable artistic style, you will never forget it!

The following quotations are from Robert's autobiography:

"As to my "successes" in painting I enclose a resume of where I have exhibited my paintings, one that was made up for my last show at Elena Prohaska Fine Arts. Three of them were one-man shows. In fifteen of them my work was invited to "show." The rest were judged by a jury and then accepted for showing. But in recent years I have not been assiduous about exhibiting. I of course have sold privately to some extent. A man in Rome must own 15 or more of my paintings. A German now has long come to Deya owns 5 or 6. A block away from my house there is a woman (related to the Vanderbilts) who was the Head of the Board at The Town School for some years, and 7 or 8 years ago, she and her husband bought a painting from me. In the Prohaska show one, that on the invitation, sold with a miniature. The "Italian" has bought some also, and recently the "German" bought one in Deya. Do you know Trudy Kanner, a long time ago when she was in town and she bought a large painting done in Mexico 30 years ago, and now she is buying another piece of a flutist playing in the Italian mountains. So, now and then. ... When I first began art school, or. ... a while later, I thought This is a hell of a way to earn a living, but I'm going to do it anyway. Well, here I am, neither homeless nor hungry."

"In 1953 I went to Deya in Mallorca, Spain at the urging of a poet friend who had "discovered" it. I forget how many times I have gone back, but I can remember eleven different houses I have rented there, one a couple of times and two places in the neighboring larger town up the coast from Deya called Soller. In Deya I have many friends of various nationalities, much including Spanish. But the place changes, now Germans are taking over, buying up houses, and the place gets too expensive for me. I have almost always painted well on my sojourns there."

"One summer, that of 1961, I went to Greece and stayed the summer, wandering around the islands of which there are so many, looking at the ruins of antiquity. Antonio and Wilma, the Swiss woman, joined me there for August. It all remains very memorable."

Photograph of artist Robert Bruce Ferguson painting a portrait of Teresa Foscarini (Antonio's wife). The photograph was taken in Robert's art studio in Lecce, Italy, May 1985. The photo was taken by Teresa Foscarini.


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