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May 5, 2013

Maw’s painting tangible link to local past

Locals, family recall unique artist's impact


Fittingly, she said she laid out numerous prints at his memorial service and those in attendance left with a tangible memory of her father.

Though he returned to Minnesota to be near his family, Post said his experiences in Texas live on through his work.

I have all these wonderful paintings of Weatherford [and] the Baker Hotel," she said, explaining she wants to find a way to deliver some of the original artwork to fans of his work. Anyone interested in learning more about the artwork she has in her collection can contact Post at (612) 817-6651.

Local resident Anita Powell described Maw as "an interesting man," though she said she never had the opportunity to really get to know him. She said she saw him at several locations around town, painting the Baker Hotel or any other subject that caught his eye.

"Dick Maw did sit out there [in front of Double H Tire] and paint pictures," she recalled.

Powell, who owned Anita's Antiques and Collectibles in downtown Mineral Wells, said Maw was a common presence in the area, though he was often moving from place-to-place.

"He'd come in [my store] but he'd leave just real quick," she recalled, adding she hoped to stop and talk to him after noticing him outside of the Crazy Water Hotel; but in following days she did not see him in the location.

Hamilton marveled at the level of detail present in Maw's artwork, noting he also tackled living subjects, including a number of portraits of Jesus Christ.

Word-of-mouth was responsible for much of Maw's local legacy, Hamilton added, explaining he never knew of a permanent studio in which the artist worked.

"He was just a good guy," Hamilton concluded, and, like many artists, "a little misunderstood."

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