It is rather amazing the creative people who have come from Midland or Odessa. Many are still here; many have left to live in other places. Last weekend I traveled to Fredericksburg to see my childhood buddy and law school roommate, Peter Lekisch. We are Midland products of the 50s, and back then, Peter’s father, Dr. Lekisch, was my family’s physician, as he was for many families in Midland.
Upon graduation from the University of Texas Law School, Peter headed for the wilds of Alaska and the period of building the Alaskan pipeline to practice law. He never came back until retirement ten years ago when he and his wife, Ellen, bought a winter home in Fredericksburg, where they spend the winter and then return to their home in Anchorage in the summer.
Peter wanted to reunite with old friends and class mates, so last weekend he invited James Tom, Andy Faskin, Andy Elliot and me to his home in Fredericksburg to visit and to eat a feast of freshly caught red salmon from his cabin in Alaska. The reunion was a delight, with many stories of old times being told.
My greatest surprise, however, was how my old roommate had become a sculptor and photographic artist, as the above selections exemplify. He suggests the sculpturing comes from the influence of his mother who was an accomplished sculptor, but the photography is from his own innate creativity. His favorite medium is the flowers in the garden of his Master Gardner wife, an artist herself within the medium of natural gardening, but the wildlife of Alaska, especially the bears, as he exhibits their unique and often funny personalities, runs a close second to his love of the flowers. The flower above is an oriental poppy in Ellen’s garden.
Who knew? This brainy lawyer would end up an artist. Peter Lekisch has received numerous awards for his work.