However she was known, those who loved her best or wished they breathed in the rarified presence of the peripatetic artist can glimpse a smidgen of her oeuvre in "
'ONE OF A KIND'
"I could go on and on," said artist
"She was one of a kind. We had a real connection. The fact we both loved to travel, we both loved other cultures, and we were both art teachers."
They didn't realize their mutual passion for art until both had graduated from college.
Bullard's artistic talent was recognized as a teen. She received a national Scholastic Art Award while a senior. The same year, she took a printmaking class at the
"I have the program of everyone that was in that printmaking class," Lamitie-King said. "Some are very well-known artists whose art is selling in the many thousands of dollars category."
According to Lamitie-King,
Lamitie-King's family traveled by train from
"We would go and visit the Bullards," she said. "Take the ferry out to
'IF I WAIT ...'
With 32 first cousins, it took awhile for Lamitie-King to get to know Bullard, who was younger and fearless.
After high school,
"While she was there, she made the dean's list," Lamitie-King said. "She was very smart, very flamboyant."
After FIT, Bullard strapped on her traveling shoes and backpacked in
About her solo sojourn, Bullard said: "Mother, if I wait for someone to go with me, I'll never go anywhere."
"The first card my aunt received from her was in
Ironically, when Bullard died
Between her first and last flight to
In 1977, Bullard left
"Her classmates were
While in NYC, Bullard taught at the
In 1985, she received a Master's of Fine Art from
"She did her master's in
"The Queen of the Adriatic" romanced Bullard for a year and stoked her yen to travel.
When she was not on a great adventure, Bullard visited Lamitie-King, and her husband, artist
"She would bring the most incredible stories and incredible art with her. She always traveled with sketchbooks," Lamitie-King said.
Bullard sketched going, coming and in between.
"She would really explore the indigenous arts. She would go into museums or sites where indigenous art could be found. She would hang out with native people and indigenous people and buy art all the time. Then, she would bring it home to us."
In Lamitie-King's artistic and family circle, Bullard was Cousin Dearest.
"She had many, many names. She was real. She was just a force to be reckoned with. She was a great story teller. She had all these incredible sketch books. All of us -- friends, relatives and fellow artists -- were always blown away by her amazing talent."
Children loved her. Her childish wonder was full throttle her entire "retired" life.
"Christine had this great adventure with the Gettys," Lamitie-King said. "She had her own bedroom on the 747 like everyone else. She did art with Ivy all the time."
Bullard left art behind in her residences and in
A year following Bullard's death, Lamitie-King flew to
"It took me five days to go through everything," she said. "I packed it up and shipped it to my aunt and to myself."
Lamitie-King would repeat the process in
One of Bullard's
"I met her at Christine's service in
Author Bart Plantega, a Queen
He said Cooke and Lamitie-King must do a show of Bullard's work.
"Mary had a large amount of work in
IF YOU GO WHAT: "
(c)2014 the Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, N.Y.)
Visit the Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) at pressrepublican.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services