Recently I lost a friend. She was a woman who I first got to know through mail when she sent a little note and ordered a set of cards. I mailed out that first order not realizing how special Wendy would become in my life. She was one of my greatest fans! She loved, well actually adored, all flower paintings. She gave cards out to friends and family and they were my art cards. That made my heart glad that she was sharing my art work with those she cared about most.
In 2015 I was in Toronto for a few weeks. I was so thrilled to go and meet Wendy in person. We had emailed and written letters back and forth for quite a while. We spent a lovely day together and she showed me her part of Toronto. I will always treasure the memories of sitting on her porch, chatting and watching the world go by on a beautiful sunny day. She was such an interesting person to talk to.
“Friends”, 11x14in, Watercolour – Commissioned
This past spring Wendy decided that she wanted an original painting of her own so she commissioned me to paint her favourite flower – two irises side by side. She and I communicated back and forth about what she wanted and she chose the final design. Each person who gets a commission is different, Wendy wanted to see the painting when it was done but not in process. So when the piece was completed I sent her off an image and asked her if she wanted to name it. She did and she named it, very aptly, ‘Friends’. I thought it was a prefect name!
Wendy you will be missed! You had a kind and generous soul. Rest in peace my Friend!
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