I like the simple life — which is a good thing, since that’s all I can afford. But like most folks, I do have my wish list ready should I stumble on a hoard of (hopefully uncursed) pirate treasure.
I would own a rack of fine firearms — CZ rifles in every caliber, a couple of bespoke shotguns. A Sharps. I would have a different guitar for each day of the week. I would have one of those magnificent Victorian libraries with dark paneling and bookshelves from floor to ceiling.
And I would collect art. Not investment art per se — art that inspires me, that captures the spirit of adventure in wild places.
Vadim Gorbatov would be one of the stars of that collection. If memory serves, I stumbled on his work through Stephen Bodio’s Querencia and I fell in love with it. He’s a Russian artist specializing in scenes of falconry and of adventures on the frontiers of Siberia and the Central Asian steppes. There’s an element of the near-fantastical in his work that thrills my taste for the epic.
Hell, don’t listen to me prattle on… Go see for yourself HERE.