Since composing the “What every Artist should avoid doing” Blog, I have discovered many more details concerning the “noble gentleman” that I referred to in the article. It turns out this person is not noble at all in any fashion. I also suspect that he had me alter the portrait of his daughters without his real mother’s permission (She is the artist of the portrait.). This is actually a very sad story about person who obviously loves money and con games more than his family or anyone who would be fooled into being his friend. Any person who would have a portrait of their daughters that was painted lovingly by their mother and altered to be used in “scenarios” for fooling people into believing this person’s delusions about noble heritage and intellectual standing to gain money, power, and favors from others has got to be the lowest of low.
I really hate being used and lied to and I feel deeply concerned that my artwork could be used to fool another person into believing this person’s lies. First of all I painted the heraldry and never received anything for this effort. I was under the impression that this man was indeed a member of a noble family and that he was legally licensed and educated as a Doctor of Psychiatry since none of his family or friends ever said otherwise to me.
So here is my advice to anyone thinking about associating with this person, check and research everything he claims. If he says he retains the right of a noble title from the von Bothmer family, then write to the family in Europe and ask them. Or if you can’t find them, contact the Germany Consulates here in the US. If he claims to be an expert in some profession, then contact those that regulate those kind of professionals. Heck, ask him to write an intelligently composed paragraph by himself. Don’t get robbed of your time, your energy, your dreams, your ideas, your friends, or your money.
This is my opinion, and I think anyone working with this person should do the research I suggest.
G. Winkler ©2013