The first picture taken of Harold and me at his cabin in Idabel, by Mary Jane Rutherford.
I am currently writing a book about my friend, artist Harold Stevenson Jr. with the working title "The Echo of Idabel-Conversations with Harold Stevenson Jr." I nterviewed Harold from 2005 until the last time in 2013 I have an abundance of recordings and written notes.
Along with my own personal notes,
Harold entrusted me with two manuscripts "The Bridegroom Cometh, and "My Life of Idabel," which he wrote himself throughout the years.
It was his wish that upon his death that I finish his book and get it published.
"Now remember if anything happens to me, you get this damn thing finished!"
And my friends that is exactly what I am doing. I writing Harold's story the way he wanted it written. The way he described to me to do.
My story is about the man. Not a story full of celebrities and whomever he brushed shoulders with at a party.
He had dreams of it being published by OU Press, The University of Oklahoma.
I don't feel I will be able to grant that wish for him, but I do hope to write the story he wanted; with hard work and a little luck hopefully it will be fulfilled.
In the back of my mind since he passed away all I can hear is him telling me,
"Beat the Drums," you'd be surprise of the people that come out to help you accomplish anything if you want it bad enough, Beat the Drums!"
If you were a friend of Harold Stevenson and would like to share a story about him or a story about his artwork, or how his work influenced you please contact me.
I am not interested in what celebrity he once knew--I am only interested about Harold.