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“I truly believe that Sue Lewin is connected to Princess Leia and that she was the inspiration for Mr. Lucas. You do not see storm troopers or droids or galaxies or anything like that in a Parrish painting, but you do see the beautiful and flawless Sue.”
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We need people with movie, television, and network expertise to turn the story of Maxfield Parrish into a major motion picture or cable/network television series.⋮
We need a film producer, director, philanthropist, publicist, investors and funding. I own the last documentary film evidence of the estate and art studio of Maxfield Parrish. It has been written: “The artwork of Maxfield Parrish directly inspired the look and feel of Star Wars films.”
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Portal to the Past
Maxfield Parrish Studio Artifact
Painted panel in original green, blue, and red
40 3/4 x 20 3/4 x 13/16 in.
Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) is one of America’s most beloved illustration artists. A member of the Cornish Art Colony (active 1885-1930) in New Hampshire, Parrish lived in neighboring Plainfield. The property, still in existence, consisted of a main house and extensive studio with metalshop and living quarters. It was in his studio building that Parrish lived, separated from his wife, with his model Sue Lewin.
From 1993-96, composer and artist Robin Lee recorded several albums in the studio. While there, she witnessed the alteration of the original interior and exterior spaces, with their architectural elements and detailing still intact since Parrish’s death in 1966. Though not an art historian, she had the wherewithal to realize she needed to preserve images of the property before time ran out. Touring the maze of rooms, she videotaped the last footage of the interior and documented the phases of the loss of material. In addition to the footage, she also took extensive photographs of the interior and exterior, capturing images of vistas and architectural elements such as columns Parrish had used in his paintings.
Seeing the piles of Parrish’s original and soon—to—be discarded woodwork, she was given permission to salvage material. She pulled this painted panel, which had lined his studio (visible in a period photograph of Parrish taken by Margaret Bourke—White [1917—1971]), and a turning, which matched those on a garden gate (visible in his paintings) and others she had seen in his machine shop before it was dismantled. The panel is now on view at Jonathan Frost Gallery. Ms. Lee hopes to bring the elements and images to light For the purposes of educating the public about a lost chapter in art history, through a movie For which she would compose the score.
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The Decline and Fall of the Maxfield Parrish Estate
Robin Lee, through an incredible twist of fate, was invited to write and record her music, inspired by the great American artist Maxfield Parrish, at the very time his iconic art studio was on the verge of being gutted. Lee had the foresight to capture with her camera and video recorder numerous pictures and footage of Parrish’s workshop and grounds just before and as they were being torn apart. This great tragedy in art history will unfold before your eyes, and Robin captures in her words and pictures the sense of wonder and shock as the process unfolded.
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Hi, my name is Robin Lee. My life was impacted by Maxfield Parrish. The following pages will give you an idea how I was inspired. This unique story needs to be told. This website will unpack the ideas and images that will help guide your decision to support this historic project. Thank You.
I own a lost chapter in art history
Many people are familiar with Maxfield Parrish. A great number consider themselves fans of his work. Few would believe the desecration and demise of his estate and art studio. There is a direct link between Maxfield Parrish and the Star Wars films. It is all over the Internet.
There is a force here
This creative force directly inspired Parrish’s work. It surrounds me and this project. It hasn’t left me alone. It’s powerful. It’s fascinating. It’s like something never before experienced.
I am tapped into the frequency. I have lost all fear. I have the manuscript for a movie which details the day-to-day life of Maxfield Parrish and his beautiful and faithful model, Sue Lewin. I have film footage of his estate, the essence of which infused all of his paintings. I own the last documentary film footage of the estate, both inside and outside, before its tragic and untimely destruction. I am the author and documentarian of this film. I own all copyrights registered with the Library of Congress. I have uncovered messages in his paintings. A round motif exists. The Maxfield Parrish Motif.
Sanctuary Dishonored: The Decline and Fall of the Maxfield Parrish Estate is a small book packed with an enormous amount of information. The estate was a historic landmark and I did not want to reveal everything in the book. It gives you a window into this discovery and is required reading to understand the movie.