What wonderful friends and neighbors I have! I’m the luckiest person—yellow roses, red tulips, purple irises, fresh seafood, soups, cakes, cards, and e-mails—how good it feels to know I have friends who care! I wish this for everyone.
Since breaking my leg, I’ve been happily restricted to my studio in Mathews, Virginia, and taking turns resting with my foot propped up and working and watching old movies. Everything is coming along well, and life is good.
Last week I showed you pictures of paintings I’ve been working on for my show with the Finn Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11-13. I’ve just put the finishing touches on them and have new pictures to share with you. There is also an additional painting of white lions that I didn’t have far enough along to show you last week, so I’m excited to include it in this week’s newsletter.
This dolphin painting will be released as a giclée on paper during my show with the Finn Gallery March 11-13.
In conjunction with our March 11-13 show, the Finn Gallery and I will host a fundraising event for Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL. These paintings will be released as giclées during the show, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Cat Rescue, which is a non-profit educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic cats that have been abused, abandoned, or otherwise exploited, as well as educating the public about the animals and the issues facing them in both captivity and the wild.
I learned on Monday that a very dear lady has passed away. Ida Clemons of Salem, Virginia, was a founding member of the Moss in the Valley Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society and was a dedicated member of “the world of Moss” as well as a loyal friend. She was one of the Society’s most faithful ambassadors and worked tirelessly on behalf of others, especially children. Ida got me to speak at two different schools where her grandchildren attended. Her granddaughter is learning different but now teaches learning different children, thanks to a grandmother’s love and support.
Ida (left) and me at The Barn in Waynesboro, VA.
Ida was selected to participate in our Regional Docent Training Program in 1990, and I think she knew almost as much about my art as I do. She will be greatly missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.