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Irishwhistler
03-22-2017, 12:15 AM
Aye Mates,
Brought this painting to me framer today to be custom framed (double mat, conservation glass, and beautiful wood that picks up the warm tones in the painting. The work in pastels is being donated to the Conservation Officer James V. Spignesi Jr. Memorial Scholarship ( an annual $10,000 award to a student at the UCONN School of Agriculture and Natural Resources Engineering). C.O. Spignesi was an a graduate of the wildlife biology program at the school. Jim and I were squad mates on 20 NOVEMBER 1998 when he was shot and killed in the line of duty while conducting a foot patrol to combat deer poaching. T'was the most sad day o' me career.

I will be donating this original painting titled "BROCKWAY BRANT" with no reproductions to be made, (one of a kind), a tribute to me Fallen Brother. Done in soft pastels on archival quality pastel board, the work depicts a legendary "BROCKWAY SKIFF" as built by the late master boatwright Earl Brockway. Many o' the hardcore fowlers on Long Island Sound hunted out o' the iconic Brockway when I was a young warden, "old salts" that knew the boats to be a worthy craft on rough waters. Earl Brockway built the boats one at a time in East Haven, Connecticut.

The skiff is depicted with the vessel registration CT 6648 JS with a "98" insert sticker, that including Jim's State Police radio call number (6648), his badge number (648), his C.O. radio call number (648), his initials (JS), and (98) the year he was killed in the line of duty. Boot tracks on the beach leading from the boat toward the hunting blind fade into the sand, that representing our very sudden loss of Jim whilst he had so much promise ahead o' him. The rig o' brant decoys on turbulent waters represent the patrol duties Jim had early in his career as a Conservation Officer, and that life continues about us even after such significant loss.

The painting will be offered at a banquet and auction to be held on April 22nd, 2017 to support the scholarship and a number of other outreach initiatives conducted annually in tribute to Jim's legacy of generosity and service to others and his dedication to the profession of natural resources and conservation law enforcement. Jim, you are loved by many and are NEVER FORGOTTEN.

With Utmost Respect, Irishwhistler☘️


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rugman
03-22-2017, 05:41 PM
What a great tribute to your fellow officer! Obviously, you put a lot of thought and meaning into the details such as number on boat and footprints. Good for you to donate to such a worthy cause.

My father in law was killed in line of duty some year ago. (police officer on motorcycle involved in a crash). Irishwhistler, you have no idea how I relate to your story. I should do a painting of my late father in-law and donate to fund raise for our local police dept.

Thanks for sharing your painting and the significance and meaning behind it

Donna T
03-22-2017, 05:45 PM
You did such a nice job on this, Mike, and thanks for sharing this touching story. I hope you'll report that the auction is a big success.

Irishwhistler
03-22-2017, 07:55 PM
What a great tribute to your fellow officer! Obviously, you put a lot of thought and meaning into the details such as number on boat and footprints. Good for you to donate to such a worthy cause.

My father in law was killed in line of duty some year ago. (police officer on motorcycle involved in a crash). Irishwhistler, you have no idea how I relate to your story. I should do a painting of my late father in-law and donate to fund raise for our local police dept.

Thanks for sharing your painting and the significance and meaning behind it

Ron,
So very sorry to hear of the loss of ye father in-law. I would highly recommend you do a painting in tribute to him and donate it for his PD. You will find it helps heal from the loss and helps to maintain a connection with your loved one.

Respectfully,
Mike☘️

Irishwhistler
03-22-2017, 07:58 PM
You did such a nice job on this, Mike, and thanks for sharing this touching story. I hope you'll report that the auction is a big success.

Donnja,
Thanks for ye kind words. I will let ye know how the fundraiser goes.:thumbsup:

Best Regards,
Mike☘️

Frances Obie
03-23-2017, 08:36 AM
Very nice painting and such a worthy cause. I hope the auction goes well.

Irishwhistler
03-23-2017, 10:56 AM
Very nice painting and such a worthy cause. I hope the auction goes well.
Frances,
Thank ye much friend.👍

Mikey☘️