Bernie “Doc” Duff


Bernie “Doc” Duff: Through the Ages

Artist’s Note: A few months ago, we spent some time with our friend and fellow Vietnam vet friend, “Doc” Rupe Wenzel, from the Chicago area. Before leaving, Rupe had visited the Hoi An region and came across a wonderful black and white photo of an elderly couple, which he purchased there and brought back for Bao Anh and me. The longer I kept looking at this image, the more I wanted to capture it on canvass and see what I could come up with in the way of acrylic colors. As I painted, I got caught up in the many character lines defining the faces and skin of this couple in love. Since its completion, I have had a steady stream of traffic coming into the house to take a look of a marvelous couple who seem to capture many of the things I love so much about my adopted home, Vietnam!