Acrylic on canvas panel, monochrome, 16” x 12”
Dandy Lyon, my first cat, stares out of the window of our family home north of Upland, California. Captured by my younger brother in black and white photo, this tomcat preferred being out-and-about to indoor confinement. He made the perfect painting subject (the cat—not my brother).
Dandy Lyon represents my first city, working as a Library Page for the Upland Public Library. While I loved my job, caring for the card catalogue and mending books, I wanted more. I wanted to be out in the community, improving things and helping people. Upland was a great start to my career and also served as a starting job for my sister, a city clerk’s job for my mother, and a police officer career for my father.
About the City of Upland, California: The City of Upland is nearly 16 square miles and is located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Its current population is approximately 77,000. When my family moved just north of the city in 1964, the population was 11,000 and the streets were lined with citrus groves—mostly orange. My favorite part of the city is the Madonna of the Trail, a eucalyptus-lined median that extends through the main north-south thoroughfare of the city. I spent many days walking that trail from high school to San Antonio Heights. At one time, the Madonna, standing at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, carried a time capsule.
Original photo design by Tom Culbreth
©Penelope Culbreth-Graft, June 2013