The photos are of my paternal grandparents, Josef and Esther. Grandpa Rice as a French Foreign Legionnaire in Morocco and Esther as a young girl in China, likely not long before the two met. My personal essay, Tianjin Daughter, published in Proximity Magazine several years ago, blends fact and speculation surrounding the circumstances of how they might have met as well as their unlikely union and life together.
The Green Man
Joe Rice remembered
Rice was a little-known artist. By choice. The Green Man is a self-portrait from the 1960s. It's a pretty good likeness. Rice was an artist first, a father, teacher and whatever else, after that. He was also inventive, dogged, abidingly humble, and, in his own quiet way, an inspiration to those who knew him.
Dorothy Rice writes things. Her first book, The Reluctant Artist: Joe Rice (1918-2011) is an art book/memoir about her father, Joe Rice, whose lifelong dedication to his art, with no interest in finding an audience, both inspires and mystifies. Visit her author website here.