This story ran originally in Todays Inspiration.
This experience occurred around 1946 – 47-I was just back from the Army in Europe and enrolled at Pratt Institute. I had the chutzpah to call Albert Dorne to request a visit. He was very kind and invited me to his studio located in mid town Manhattan. It boggled my mind and though I can’t remember the details I shall never forget upon entering the studio, in the foyer were dozens of beautiful framed works of many of the famous artists of the time. The actual studio was huge and luxurious with a large skylight, more framed pictures, a pool table, a large tabouret and drawing board. He was extremely gracious and kind when I showed him my portfolio and generous in his criticism and advice. At one point a gorgeous blonde lady came in and he introduced her to me. I can’t remember if she was his wife, friend or model. All I could think was that this was the life ! (I learned recently that she was a good friend who handled his financial affairs). Mr Dorne was a giant in the industry and a wonderful person to take the time for a youngster.