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Dear Friends,


“Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.”    

Florence Nightingale


I would like to take time this week to celebrate all of our lives together as Moss friends and family and acknowledge the interwoven threads of love and gratitude that binds us all together. My life has been extraordinary, because of you. While our first conversations began through my art, they have continued throughout the years on many different levels. Some very special people have helped me along the way and I would like to celebrate the lives of two very dear individuals that have had a profound and lasting impact on the community of Moss.


When I first met Peter Rippe he was the director of the Roanoke Museum of Fine Art (now the Taubman Museum). This was in the 1980’s. My career was very much like a fledgling, but was developing rapidly. Peter gave me my first museum show in Roanoke as a solo artist. Following his tenure there, our friendship further developed into a professional association. He worked with me on the development and opening of my museum in Waynesboro. He served as the first director of the Moss museum and was instrumental in securing proper documentation and preservation of my work. In 1997 Landauer Books published Painting the Joy of the Soul, a beautifully compiled study of my work written by Peter. Our paths continued to cross even after he retired as my director. Peter passed away on January 22, 2020. Please share a moment with me to remember the joyful times that we spent together through these photos.


Peter joins me on a chilly inspection of the soon to be opened P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro. This was circa 1989


How I best remember Peter is his contagious enthusiasm and joyful laugh. Pictured here, he is speaking at the opening night of the 2018 Moss Society trip through the Shenandoah Valley


Recently I also learned of the passing of my good friend Ladye Buckner. I cannot recall when we first met, but I am fairly certain that we met during the late 1980’s. This gifted and generous woman helped the Moss Foundation over the years by creating and donating quilts for fundraising. I remember at the 2010 Moss convention in Williamsburg a drawing was held for one of Ladye’s quilts. Ironically I drew my own name out of the hat and this quilt hangs in my Mathews, VA home. I cherish it and the memories that it invokes of times we spent together.


My personal treasure hanging in my Mathews, VA home.


From 2009, Ladye displaying another one of the quilts that she made for the Moss Foundation.


I am sad that my schedule makes me to be unable to attend memorial services but I feel the best remembrance for my friends would be a gift that will provide opportunities for the future of a young person. We all shared a common belief in the importance of education, so in Peter’s and Ladye’s honor I will be making a donation to the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.


Until next week,



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