Detroit homicide detective Jacob Miller has been accused of many things, but being smart isn’t one of them. The murder of drug-dealer Willy is proof enough of that, but not covering it up is even worse. So why would he think that stealing a fellow inmate’s hidden fortune is any smarter, especially when an ex-mafia family head is after the same thing?
But even the stupidest people have occasional flashes of brilliance, and Jacob is no exception. After being released from prison and moving to sunny Costa Rica, he solves an international murder mystery involving the usual suspects: love, lust and loot. Despite that mildly brainiac feather in his cap, he still has to deal with the beef between him, his fellow inmate and the mob boss…and the violent fallout that ensues.
Pura Vida is a globetrotting story of murder, mystery, suspense and revenge—and a great way to get your mind off a five-hour airport delay.
This interview with Robert took place in his studio February 2012.
Hugh Laurie, known from TVs medical drama “House,” visits Historic Maggie Maes while shooting a show for PBS’ “Great Performances”. Laurie tells viewers every man is entitled to one pilgrimage in his life and this includes a long drive on his way to New Orleans with many famous music stops along the way. Historic Maggie Mae’s in Austin, Texas, was on his list, with the amazing Miss Lavelle White performing, who can vocalize a mean harmonica with only her mouth. Watch this amazing episode of Let Them Talk to see it all!
I sat in on on the Maggie Mae’s in Austin portion of this taping about a year or so ago. I’m not in the video, but my artwork is quite prominent through the Maggie Mae’s portion. Cool! Great Performance too ; – ) Robert
Update: The CowParade auction was a great success. Over $1,000,000.00 was raised for Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas and Super Hero Kids. Uddercup was one of the cows selected for the live auction and raised over $20,000.00!
Learn more about Robert’s Austin CowParade cow, formally know as the “Texas Holstein of Fame” but affectionately referred to as “Uddercup” by Robert, at the link below.
Maggie Mae’s write up: http://www.maggiemaesaustin.com/site/index.php/about/robert-hurst/hurst-art/
- Texas songwriter artwork by Robert Hurst
- We Are Austin
- KEYE TV
- March 3, 2011
- Link to interview: http://weareaustin.com/entertainment-story/?nxd_id=126996
To view and order the artwork go to the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association 2011 fine art prints page on Robert’s web site
For those of you familiar with Sports Collectors Digest, T. S. O’Connell is retiring as editor after 17 years. In his “Editor’s Note-Saying Goodbye” column in the January 2011 issue and Saying good-bye is tough, Part Deux … blog post he put together a Sports Artist Hall of Fame artist and included little ole me. … and here I am without an acceptance speech.
Thanks T.S. for thinking well of my dabblings!
“Virtually even before I took over as editor, I made a concerted effort to promote as many of the great sports artists as I could in the pages each week. I’ll take the risk of leaving someone out because I really want to acknowledge as many of those great talents as I can.
Here goes: Charles De Simone, Bill Forsyth, Dan Gardiner, Stephen Holland, Robert Hurst, Michael Joseph, Andy Jurinko, Graig Kreindler, Ron Lewis, Paul Madden, Mike Mellett, Arthur K. Miller, Christopher Paluso, Dick Perez, Bill Purdom, Nathalie Rattner, Mike Schacht, Bruce Stark, Ron Stark and Darryl Vlasak. If that’s not a great inaugural class for the Sports Artist Hall of Fame, I don’t know what is.”
Ok kiddos, for those of you who missed my groundbreaking interview on Texas Country Reporter….here’s your chance to see the “barefoot, insubordinate artist”!! 6 hours of interviews at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and my studio in Austin boiled down to 7 minutes you’ll never, EVER get back. Click on TCR link and then… go to “show times in your area”. Pass it on…..
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