Paul the Framer Watercolor and Color Pencil on Paper 20" x 16" 2003 NFS
This is my late friend Paul Guthrie Neilson. We used to have our morning coffees together when I had a live/work space in San Pedro, CA. He was mild mannered, wise and funny and always good company. When I opened my studio for First Thursday Art Walks, he'd lug his portable piano over and play showtunes. He was also a talented framer whose services I could never fully afford. One time he let me do this portrait as partial payment for framing. About a year after I left CA, Paul died unexpectedly in his sleep. A mutual friend told me his family displayed the portrait at his memorial. I'm so grateful I had the chance to know him and I think of him often.