Eight years in the making, this book is masterfully written by art
historian Natasha Kuzmanovic. Her insightful and scrupulously
researched text encompasses not only his exceptional artistic
talent but his extraordinary humanitarian spirit.
Readers will enjoy seeing Backus’ portrayals of unspoiled Florida.
Textured paint from his palette knife, beautiful details and colors
are magnificently captured. His paintings emerge as poetic testa-
ments to Florida’s lost paradise.
Natasha Kuzmanovic, PhD, an art historian and conservator, has
contributed to numerous publications including The Influence of
Paris: European and American Sclupture 1830-1930, Tiffanys 150
Years. She is the author of John Paul Cooper: Designer and Cra-
ftsman of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Yard: The Life and
Magnificent Jewelry of Raymond C. Yard. She is partner in the
I. Joseph Chiarello Object Conservation Studio, New York.