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'Many years ago, in London, Ontario, at the invitation of Olga Chambers, I sat at a table in the Chambers living room and examined a curious manuscript assembled by Olga's husband Jack, an artist I revered, a painter at the height of his powers when he died of leukemia at the age of forty-seven. The manuscript is a collage of quotations drawn from many fields and arranged in chapters, a bold exploration of the conjunction of 'intelligence, heart and flesh' in approach to everything in nature and in both the creation and response to a work of art. There was talk of a 'key' to all the sources. Apparently it never showed up, so Tom Smart spent a decade 'decrypting'; the manuscript and figuring out a way of presenting Jack Chambers's ideas and his vision (in summary, paraphrase, quotation and interpretation), since the manuscript could not be published as assembled. Smart has done a service to the memory and the thought of a magnificent 'perceptual realist' in whose paintings the ordinary is brilliantly transfigured.'