If you asked Gil Merrick where he got his impeccable dress code from, he’d say his grandmother. And if that query were about his Disney World happy go lucky attitude, his parents would be the culprits. His passion for dressage, well that would be a man named Joe Brooks. His goal for always maintaining a happy and comfortable horse would come from Major Miguel Tavora. And his newly formed company, Mastery Concepts, well that might be a piece from each of the above, but you’d really need to credit the man himself for knowing how to pull all that knowledge together into one perfect system.
“Then I go get showered and by 8:00 I am on the computer until noon answering emails, writing, consulting, organizing my travel arrangements and handling whatever personal and business things need to be dealt with.” After a lunch of apples and peanut butter he is off to ride from 1 until about 4:30, back home to freshen up again and then check his emails and his Facebook page.
The cousins are tackling new challenges as Fatal Impressions opens. Coleman has acquired a second magazine, First Home, to publish along with her first love, ArtSmart. And Dinah’s print gallery has moved to mid-Manhattan, where she is struggling with higher costs. A contract to buy and install prints in the offices of DDD&W, a prestigious https://blueseedconsulting.com/, could guarantee the Greene Gallery’s future.
The difference, concluded the reporter, was “why.” One stone layer was just in it for the money, for the personal economic necessity. The other had a reason for his work that was far greater than himself. They were both PERspiring… but only the second stone layer was INspiring.
An example: Rembrandt made his own prints-he drew on the etching plate with a needle, inked the plate, and ran it through a press to print on paper. Because he was a great artist and printmaker, his prints are very valuable. After his death, others took his plates and made prints from them-these are called “restrikes,” and are of little value. However, an unscrupulous dealer might sell a restrike to an unknowing collector as an original. Artists usually avoid this problem by marring or destroying their plates, or scrubbing their drawings off their lithograph stones, once the original prints have been made.
To be fair to me, I was pretty focused at the time, working in my office on an article. When my wife called my name, I really didn’t want to be interrupted.
That passion for riding and caring about the horse that was instilled in Gil continues today. “I am helping with the training of three horses every day. They belong to Shereen and Jeff Fuqua, the owners of Collecting Gaits Farm in Alpharetta, GA, who are both USDF Gold medalists. Shereen competes actively as an amateur at the Grand Prix level and I really enjoy the training at home and coaching at the shows,” explained Gil.
Reba White Williams will appear at Bank Square Books on Thursday evening, June 20th, from 5-7 pm, to discuss/sign Restrike. This event is free and open to the public; copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, call the store at 860-536-3795. Bank Square Books is located at 53 W. Main Street in Mystic.