Vincent in Tucson: Van Gogh Wild West Adventure
About the Author
Steven Bye graduated from Alpena High School in 1968. He attended Alpena Community College for one year, and finished his degree in Art Education at the University of Alabama. Steven taught art for 2 years in Birmingham Alabama, then returned to Alpena to teach at Thunder Bay from 1975 to 1977. He finished his teaching career teaching High School Art at Muskegon Reeths-Puffer, and has been a full-time artist/writer living in Tucson, Arizona.
About the Book
"The compilation of this writing in a fictional format was my way of conveying the unquestionable appeal equally to those who are already familiar with Van Gogh as well as to those with less knowledge of art and history. I was always faced with the challenge of finding new ways to inspire my students as a high school art teacher. One way that seemed to work most often was adding some type of adventure to the subject at hand. I invite you to explore the larger-than-life characters from Arizona and Europe from the late 1800s that I have woven into this fictional adventure." - Steven Bye
“An adventure from beginning to end! Steven has captured the beauty and spirit of the Old Pueblo, its surrounding areas, and what makes it southwest such a treasure. The characters are what make the journey so believable. Well done!” (Andy Bastine).
“I found, while reading Vincent in Tucson, an amazing connection between the historical perspective of his work and a fictional story that connected me to a life” (Don Brown; deputy superintendent, Arizona Department of Education).
“More than a story, it’s a journey into two artist’s minds—Vincent and the author. It takes a what-if story to a did-it story. You will crave to know more about Vincent’s life and death” (Jodi Smith, art aficionado).
“Only a very talented artist and teacher could possibly create this fascinating fictional account of Vincent van Gogh’s time in Tucson, Arizona” (Gary Bruner, PhD; retired superintendent, Bend, Oregon public schools).
“By any standard, one would have to say that, this time, Bye has come up with a doozy” (J. C. Martin, Arizona Daily Star book reviewer).