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The Story of Andrew Wyeth and Helga Testdorf

One the best-known painters in America in the mid-1900's was Andrew Wyeth. He painted the people and landscapes around him, mostly near his home in rural Pennsylvania and his summer home in Maine. In 1986, a series of over 247 paintings and illustrations were 'discovered' -- all of them of his neighbour, Helga Testorf, and all without, (so the story goes), the knowledge of either his wife or Helga's husband.

It caused such a commotion in the art world and beyond, Helga appeared on both the covers of Time Magazine and Newsweek.

TIme Magazine - Helga

Although some argued that it was all a marketing ploy, no one doubted the sales value of a good story. Almost immediately, the entire collection of The Helga Pictures was snapped up by a private art collector for a sum in the multi-millions of dollars.

Even today, there's a lot of speculation as to the extent of their relationship. But, what is clear is that they shared a deep bond of friendship, respect, and yes, love. And as Helga herself said, there are many ways to express love.

I was so moved by her story that I wrote a song about it, and included it on my latest album 'Kiss the Rock.' You can listen to it on the streaming platform of your choice, at https://michelneraymusic.com/stream-social


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Kiss the Rock!

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Michel Neray


What really drives me is helping companies and individuals to drill down to the core of their unique value and differentiation, and then craft their Essential Message' that attracts and connects with audiences and stakeholders... including customers, investors, strategic partners, and top talent. As a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant for over 30 years, I've worked with leaders and sales teams in more than nine countries around the world, from Montreal to Moscow, and from Israel to Iran.

I love to lead workshops, speak at conferences, and work with clients one on one.... as much as I love to spend time with family, paddle whitewater, ride my motorcycle (hard), and write and perform my songs...

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