In 2001 — after 18 years in Weston — Murray Rosenzweig and his wife Susan Hauser moved to Stamford. Their daughter, son-in-law and young grandchildren were there. When the house next door came on the market, the grandparents bought it.
Five years later, their daughter’s family moved to Westport, for the schools. Murray and Susan went back to Weston.
Around the same time — after 55 years as a radiologist — he retired.
“At great distress to my wife, I had no thought about what I’d do,” he recalls. “I read a lot, but I had no interest in ‘doing.'”
He joined the Y’s Men, and “met nice people.”
After a while, he “finally” went to Westport’s Senior Center.
Susan — “kind of an artist” — talked her husband into taking a painting class taught by Eddie Nino.
Rosenzweig had no art background whatsoever. But, he notes, “as a radiologist I knew where and how the head turns.”
He’d spent more than half a century thinking of skin as “a barrier to get through as quickly as possible, to see underneath.”
Now, he says, “I’m studying the skin.”
The results are remarkable. At 90 years old, Rosenzweig has become a very good portrait artist.
He downplays his talent.
“We’ve got a good group,” he says of his class — the 2nd one he’s taken with Nino. “We all encourage each other. It’s not competitive.”
Rosenzweig’s works are now on exhibit at the Senior Center. He never thought they’d be seen by anyone. But, he admits, “Eddie is proud of me.”
His 2nd career is full of surprises. The other day, someone asked the price of one of his portraits.
“They’re not for sale,” he says. “They’re like my children.”