Can your easel do this?

When a massive Monterey pine came crashing down on top of Edwina Edwards’ cottage in Carmel, California, a ceiling beam collapsed, bringing most of the roof with it. Windows shattered, walls flexed outward, door frames bowed and an armoire sitting on the porch was smashed to pieces. Edwards’ fate may have been similar had she not, at just that moment, stood up before her easel to make some finishing touches to a painting.

“My easel literally saved my life,” says Edwards. “If it hadn’t been for my Best easel, I wouldn’t be here talking to you.” Edward’s solid oak easel, by Jack Richeson & Co., withstood the weight of the pine and kept the roof from collapsing on the portrait artist. Breaking down a door to get out and searching frantically for her neighbors, Edwards escaped unharmed from the ruined cottage with her two cats, Jazz and Tally. She’s now living in another cottage that she notes is “far away from any pine trees.”

Frank Webb studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. A professional artist since 1947, he has received more than 90 major awards. He has also written three books, including Webb on Watercolor (North Light Books—and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in the East. Since 1980, Webb has conducted workshops throughout the United States and around the world. He’s a member of the National Watercolor Society and is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society. His work has appeared in invitational shows in Mexico, Scotland, England, Canada, Australia and the Republic of China. Webb is a frequent juror for national and regional exhibitions.

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