California artist paints Register photo from Hermes Dairy fire

PERKINS TWP. You can almost feel the heat of the flames, the sharp chill of the winter air. Th
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



You can almost feel the heat of the flames, the sharp chill of the winter air.  The title of the painting is "Fire and Ice -- The Hermes Dairy Fire."

Artist Robert Lang said it is a tribute to the Hermes family and the Perkins Fire Department and he has donated prints to both of them.

On the morning of Feb. 5, the milking barn at the Hermes Dairy Farm went up in flames. Dozens of cows were killed and the barn and all its contents were entirely destroyed.

Lang said that he was inspired by pictures taken by Registerphotographers Jason Werling and Abigail Bobrow.

One print is already hanging in the kitchen of the Perkins Fire Department, said Captain David Murphy.

"I think he did an excellent job on (the painting)," Murphy said.

At 1 p.m. today, Perkins Fire Chief Richard Myosky will present a print of the painting to the Hermes family on behalf of Lang.

Kim Hermes said the painting will hang in the new farm office once reconstruction is completed.

She said she's lookingforward to seeing the painting at the presentation. This is the first piece of artwork the family has been given related to the February fire.

"It's pretty special that someone would do that for us," Hermes said.

Lang estimated the oil painting took 160 hours to complete.

Robert Lang Jr. was born in Sandusky in 1949. He and his wife live in Lake Elsinore, Calif., where they have an art gallery and studio.

He said he is currently working on a painting of the California wildfires.

"Everything has a story, and (through the painting) the story passes on," Lang said.

Earlier this year, Lang donated a painting to the New London mayor, police chief and fire chief.