I have just returned from a visit to Grenada in the West Indies. This island is not overrun with tourists and T-shirt stalls. The landscape varies from the beautiful Grand Anse and shoreline at St. George’s to a hill top height of 2,750 feet that is covered with exotic flora including many nutmeg trees. . . . it is called the “spice island.” We found the Caribbean cuisine delightful and unique, the dark skinned people handsome, and weather to be perfect. There is a subject worthy of painting from any direction one might cast their eyes. I painted 12 watercolor sketches during my short stay.
I have added a new line of hand-crafted silver jewelry called Richard Schilling Designs. Many years ago while attending the University of Nebraska I studied silversmithing. It became a natural adjunct to my practice of dentistry. For many years I cast and fabricated silver and gold jewelry for my friends and family. More recently, I researched the market for Nebraska-themed designs. Having found none, I introduced a line of pendants using Nebraska and the University as themes for women. Images of these pendants can be found in the Gift Shop.
I traveled to Mexico with several Loveland Rotarian friends in July to provide help and hope to a small community of San Martin in the State of Puebla. We helped create a micro-credit bank that will assist farmers of this poor village to plant commercial crops that will produce income. A Rotary grant has provided a water line from a distant stream to a “shade house” that produces “Dragon Fruit” (pitahaya). As my custom, I carry a sketchbook in my backpack wherever I go. My impromptu sketches were mostly of children. It was a challenge and good practice for me to try to capture quick-moving subjects.
My third book, “The Forgotten Edge of Russia—A Mission to the “Ends of the Earth” has been released. It is an account of my experiences as a volunteer dentist in the Siberian Arctic. There, I found myself hostage to constant storms. Confined to a small room I maintained an optimistic attitude by painting small watercolors of events happening outside my window. It can be purchased in the Gift Shop or from any book seller.