I first wrote about this in October of 2012.
Now, I’m rewriting it, and trying to join the past with today. Forgive me as I bounce around.
In the summer of 2012, my high school friend Jeff came to visit us on Bowen Island with his wife, and their three dogs.
While I am crafty, Jeff Potter was an artist and I was in awe.
We spent one afternoon together at Tunstall Bay.
Jeff wanted to paint, and I wanted to watch his process.
His paint box was packed neatly in a backpack. We sat on the rocks, chatted and he created.
As Jeff painted, I marvelled at his eye-hand coordination, skill and passion. He credited art school, interest, training, and of course a lot of practice.
It was pure delight, to watch someone do what they do so well.
Today, after a long journey, that painting was delivered to our house.
Tragically, Jeff died in 2015 of a Glioblastoma Multiforme, a brain cancer.
His wife Debby, wrote recently to say she was ready to let go of this particular painting, and she gave it to me.
I miss my friend. I think of him often. I’m grateful to Debby for this gift. For me, it’s much more than a work of art. This particular painting is a joyful memory of a fine day, spent with a good friend.
And, while I’m thrilled it now hangs in our home, I will say it has hung in my heart since that day on the beach, when I watched Jeff create it.