For years I’ve tried to blend art and science in my work. Even with limited talent and limited success, over many years I’ve amassed a body of work some find interesting, and over time, as the master recommends, I will endeavor to put it all here for you to have. Here’s how Henry put it:

Let us suppose, valleys & such ago,
one pal unwinding from his labours in
one bar of Chicago,
and this did happen. This was so.
And many graces are slipped, & many a sin
even that laid man low

Richard P. Gabriel

Revised: July 12, 2023

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