| HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- The opportunity to create a bronze portrait bust of
Dick Van Dyke arose from a chance meeting at an art studio in Los Angeles where
Jon was working on his monumental sculpture for the U. S. Olympic Committee.|
Van Dyke happened to drop by the studio whose owner is a good friend. He openly admired Jon’s work, which led to an introduction, followed by a commission.
Working from photos, Jon crafted a good likeness of the comedian’s expressive features in clay. He then hand-carried the sculpture to L. A. where he presented it to Van Dyke for his approval at The West Lake Village Inn where he was in rehearsal for an upcoming performance.
Jon personally delivered the finished bronze to Van Dyke’s home in Malibu, where he spent several hours visiting with the actor.
Negotiations are currently underway with another noted Hollywood entertainer for a portrait bust.
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