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About the Author.
In his seafaring days.
PAUL HAMPTON CROCKETT is an artist and attorney (you figure it out!) living in his crazed but wonderful hometown of Miami, FL. He practices with The Crockett Law Firm there, focusing on probate and estate planning, as well as the representation of the legal rights of sexual minorities and the growing number of people affected by HIV. He has been HIV-positive for at least double as many years as he has fingers, and remains active in community-based organizations, public education, and advocacy as he is able.
He has also had published numerous newspaper and magazine columns dealing with the legal concerns of sexual minorities and people with HIV, articles for the Florida Bar, and self-published, along with his late companion Scott Gillen, Gay Law 101, a book on the subject of gay and lesbian legal rights. His second book, HIV Law: A Survival Guide to the Legal System for People Living with HIV, was published by Random House in 1997 and widely acclaimed.
Crockett’s journey as an always-learning, self-taught artist was fueled into fully inspired madness following his HIV diagnosis. Something about having a “fatal disease” wiped away all obstacles to an innate need, always carried within, to make as huge a mess as possible, with color. His work has remained driven by that sense of urgency and a hunger to see and express, given fresh impetus from time to time by the reliable occasional trauma. The paintings have been well-loved, locally and beyond, and the general consensus is that they appear to be art. Some of his work is occasionally showcased right here!
His partner in life is the famed brilliant eccentric, Alan Langdon. They live with their wondrous cat Hoppers and (from time to time) numerous guests from around the world in their extraordinarily green little Havana compound, viewable at http://lostreefcottage.net/ and http://www.welcometothemission.net/ They often feel fortunate to have found one another, and to call home such a rare and beautiful slice of the only planet they (despite some conversation to the contrary) have ever seriously considered living upon.
He has also posted online several chapters from his book chronicling his own personal experience of the immediacy of the angels and love after death, titled Death is an Impostor. They can be read at http://deathisanimpostor.com
He wishes to express his profound gratitude for the constant love and support of his family through the sweet and the unthinkable, is more proud than he can say of his 5 nephews and most singular niece, and the friendships that are his treasure.
He can be reached at email@example.com, usually!
Thank you for stopping by.
It’s About Love, Not Death.
Tag Archives: Art
“Anchor Panel,” AIDS Quilt 2000 (Detail) LAST WEEK I posted a painting on Facebook (below), in response to its recent campaign to make art more a part of the site, and of its experience. I liked the idea, and so … Continue reading
Katy Pays a Visit. KATY DIMOS RAITS has a special place in my heart. It only feels as if I’ve known her since birth. (For one thing, she was born first!) I had the great honor of marrying her with … Continue reading
Backyard, the Mission P. Crockett Painting is always a journey. It had better be; this one’s been a couple of years in the birthing! Yesterday was one of those glorious days when Miami’s winter is fresh, when the smothering … Continue reading
Patty’s Wall Latest Mosaic Tile Installation by Daviea Davis of Pittsburgh, PA For closer view, click twice, use sliding bar at bottom of screen to move image. TODAY, in fact a few minutes ago, I was busily trying to … Continue reading
Around age nine, while walking through the countryside, he saw a tree filled with angels. –On William Blake, http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/116 LAST NIGHT, in a single sitting, my first painting of 2012 was born on wooden board. So my personal “New … Continue reading
WHY not start with art? I’m still refining this technological boondoggle, but click on the image below and you’ll be led… somewhere! I’m still working on this one…so please pardon my existential dust : ) Palm Song, Nocturne P. … Continue reading
By a Bay Now Called “Biscayne” ___P. Crockett ONCE again revisiting the site of the Devil’s Punch Bowl freshwater spring along the shores of Biscayne Bay, this time with the benefit of a little time travel, and imagination. Here you … Continue reading
ONE sitting down to paint should have an idea of what he is going to do, but only a vague idea. —Pablo Picasso By a Bay Now Called “Biscayne” ___P. Crockett IT feels like I do some of my … Continue reading