Early in his career David made his way to Italy to visit the fabulous Roman statues and a renowned foundry to begin his sculpture work in bronze. From this came a desire to satisfy his wanderlust. Yet rather than an adventure crafted for an honest, hard-working artist, his first excursion booking turned out to be a mail fraud scam crafted by a CON-artist.
This excerpt from “Dave’s Trek to Nepal” journal explains:
My TREK to Nepal began as the idea of someone else. Albert Lee Berkes, operating as the Warren Foundation, promised high adventure and a filming for PBS in the mountains of Ladakh and Nepal. Several persons and (I) agreed to make payment in installments for the trip and all expenses. By June of 1990, (the travelers – myself included) had contributed nearly $10,000 to the Warren Foundation.
On June 3rd, an article by (the) Arizona Daily Star features writer, Scott Skinner, reported that Berkes was the author of a scam. On that note Berkes vanished with our money and was finally apprehended in mid-September while working another illegal enterprise.
Promises had been made to deliver paintings of Nepal for my part of the money. With over 2/3 of my funds intact, it was decided to go it alone and deliver paintings as planned in December. Adventure Travel booked me through San Francisco via Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Kathmandu, Nepal. I would return the reverse route with a day in Frisco to visit friends.
It was too bad that:
1. The group trek failed to happen.
2. The mountains were not possible with my legs!
3. One man’s greed could hurt so many.
4. Nepalese live in such squalor.”
From there David’s journal goes on to describe the images and lives of the people of Kathmandu and his impressions – both good and bad. Many of his sketches came from a balcony overlooking the magnificent Mount Everest. This journal is available for purchase in very limited supply.
You can enjoy many of his Nepal images or visit the current display of artwork at the Tohono Chul Park Wilson Room which features some of his private collection and for sale pieces from this trip and many other trips around the world…France, Peru, Italy, and Mexico. Learn More About Tohono Chul
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