George Horsfall never met the painter Paul Madonna, and does not know that Madonna ever painted Horsfall’s house, which is 712 Steiner St., a bright blue Queen Anne Victorian, in a row of many tearful houses with painted ladies. The name is known. Alamo Square.
But when Horsfall heard that Madonna was in the intensive care ward at San Francisco General Hospital with internal injuries after a fatal car wreck, he organized a benefit home tour with his painted wife to pay tribute to Madonna. Help pay for medical needs. Without hesitation or prompting, he did this on four days’ notice to show how much the artist means to those who appreciate the visual aesthetics of San Francisco, and the way he captures the Madonna with simple beauty.