Oral Histories

Deone Skewes

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Deone Skewes

Q: Do you paint? Is that your painting?

A: Yes, I painted these pictures, yes.

Q: It looks as though you paint local scenery, if those are both yours. Nice.

A: Yes. They are all over.   I was a Saturday painter

Q: So you left your paints here in Moab?

A: Oh no, I would take them back with me – back and forth. But I never did paint here because oil painting is not for Moab climate. It’s either too hot or too cold.   The wind blows sand in your paint . There are insects so what you do is take pictures and slides or even a picture you like on a calendar and then paint at the kitchen table. That’s what I used to do.

Q: That’s handy.

A: So, after a few years of that I decided I didn’t want to do this anymore so I gave my paints away.

Q: Oh, no.   Well, maybe it was just the time.

A: Yeah. You know there is a time for everything. You finally just give up. 

Q: Oh well, I don’t know about that. Since you retired, what’s that time been for you?

A: Not much of anything. I used to play the piano quite a bit for things. I used to play at the Pack Creek Ranch for their Sunday night dinners, evenings. But I don’t do that anymore.

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