Robert L. Fellerdetail. When I became interested in paint chemistry and the forumlas of the old masters, I turned to articles written by Robert L. Feller, PHD, a restoration chemist at Carnegie-Mellon Institute in Pittsburg. Eventually I called him on the telephone and we developed a sort of mentor-pupil relationship, to the extent that a non-chemist can profit from the advice of a learned scientist and the leader world-wide in his field.
One day I saw a news story with a photo of Dr. Feller holding an old painting that was being restored. I added some other things to my painting, like a steroscopic microscope. But the whole thing just didn't come together, although I am satisfied that the head alone conveys very well his warmth and intelligence. A sort of Franklin Delano Roosevelt solidity and presence. He retired to a country house on a mountain near the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.