Saturday, January 21, 2017


These two flamingo portraits by M. Devoe come from the collection of Andrea Boyle, who kindly shared the story of their acquisition:

I bid on these at a thrift store and lost to higher bidder. Over a year later I was in the store and they were for sale. Just so happened that the color tag that day was half price!  I just loved the pics not knowing who the artist was or their value. 

I told Andrea that when things like that happen, it means that she was meant to own the portraits.

Thanks to Andrea Boyle for sharing her Devoe treasures, and the interesting story of how she came to own them. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017


This beautiful painting by M. Devoe of two flamingos in the "bullrushes" was graciously provided to us by Jill Bremer.

Jill tells us, "I have attached a photo of my painting.  I received it from my grandmother.   She had it hanging in her house for as long as I can remember.  On the back, in pencil, it says "1940's". There's also a note that is incomplete that says "Uncle .......... bought for........ and dated for 19 years before marrying".  

Unfortunately this painting is not for sale, but we appreciate Jill sharing this family heirloom with us.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I was recently contacted by Ariel Furmanski from Miami, Florida, who has put together quite a collection of M. Devoe paintings.  Luckily for us, she is willing to share them with other Devoe fans through this blog.  Here is the first one she has shared with us:

And here's what Ariel had to say about it:  "This one is 20" x 15" and is one of my favorites.  I love the egrets!"

Ariel tells us about her collection:  "I started buying this paintings a couple of months ago, all of them online, (ebay-etsy-etc).  All in their original frames. I love them!!!  These are some of the ones I have.  I don't plan to sell them soon.  Actually, I am looking to buy more.  You are doing a great Job!!!  Thank you very much for keeping this space open."

Thanks for your kind words, Ariel.  Sometime is seems like I am the only one out there...

Ariel has graciously shared photos of eight of her Devoe paintings, all of which I will be featuring as we get into 2017. 

I'm sure Ariel has the perfect place to display her M. Devoe masterpieces - after all, don't they look like they belong in Miami?

I have already been contacted by another collector who has offered to share their Devoe paintings with us, so keep an eye on this blog.

If you would like to feature your Devoe paintings on this blog, contact me at

Saturday, January 7, 2017

HOW TO FEATURE YOUR M. DEVOE PAINTINGS ON THIS BLOG (and yes, this blog is attended)

Recently several people have contacted me about featuring their M. Devoe paintings on this blog.  If you post a comment to the blog but don't give me your email address I can't respond to your inquiry. If you want to contact me in a way that will guarantee an answer, send an email to:

To have one (or more) of your Devoe paintings featured on the blog, please send me photos of your painting.  Also, please tell me about your Devoe painting:  the size of the painting, when you got it, where you got it, how much you paid (if you want to disclose that) and any other things about the painting you think other collectors would find interesting.  Most importantly, tell me if you want your name disclosed or not.  If you don't want your name disclosed, that's fine with me.

Let me know if you want to sell your Devoe painting.  I don't want to get involved, but I will post your email address and potential purchasers can contact you directly.

When I started this blog, the main purpose was to find out more about M. Devoe - who they were, where they lived, date of death, etc.  The blog has been in effect for almost three years and I am sorry to say we don't know any more about M. Devoe now than when we started.

In the meantime, happy collecting, and enjoy your Devoe painting. Each one is truly a beautiful work of art.

Jim Craig - Evanston, Illinois