It will come as no surprise to those who know me well that I am constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, reading and researching things online. Some of my best inspiration has come from happening across something that has sparked an idea. Sometimes it’s a fleeting spark that sets off an event not even remotely like the news that sparked it to begin with. Other times you happen across an idea that is so perfect in its simplicity that you just have to roll with it… and give full credit to the creator.
Such is the idea of the scarf box. A perfectly simplistic idea with far reaching possibilities. And of course, because my friend Wanda is in the middle of her battle with breast cancer, she is the one I brought the scarf box to, yesterday. Today was her second chemotherapy treatment and I wanted her to know I was, and would be, thinking about her.
I’ve been sitting here for the last half hour, staring at my computer screen and trying to decide how to write this “in memoriam”. I start typing, then backspace. Then start again. Then erase again. The only thing I keep doing, in my mind, is having a final conversation that I never got to have. So….
David, it truly was an honour to have had the opportunity to meet you. The first time I came to your house I was completely blown away by all the paintings that I saw everywhere. You had such an amazing talent. Mark always said that you could paint better with your mouth than most people could with their hands. When I organized the fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina, and you donated one of your paintings to the cause, I knew before I left that it was the only thing I would be bidding on. I was SO happy when I won it.
Thank you for allowing me to come to your home, when I was working for “Our Town Earth” and interview you and take video of some of your work. I know you inspired people with your story, besides me. You became, hands down, my favourite modern artist. Thank you for having such a giving nature, for being so good to my mother in law all those years. I know she is going to miss you terribly, but I also know that she, as well as the rest of us, are thankful that you’re not in pain anymore and are now at peace.
I really enjoyed the evening when all of us attended the CPA Chair-Ability awards and silent auction and you won that award. Even more than that I could never thank you enough for the painting of my Grandparent’s house. It wasn’t anything like you normally did, and the fact you had my Grandpa’s truck in the garage just adds to it in so many ways. I can just look at that picture and have a hundred memories flash through my mind. You’ll never know how much it means to me that you did that. Well, maybe now you do.
To David’s family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to find comfort in the fact that he is now at peace. He will be very missed by many.
A donation will be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in David’s honour.
There are studios all over the world, housing the most expressive creations by a wide range of artists. Artists reflect the diversity of the population, drawing on inspiration from thoughts, feelings and the world around them. This is not a revelation. What is amazing, however, is to find an impressive art studio right in the heart of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
In 1983, at the age of 45, David sustained two heart attacks and two strokes in the same day, which left him with quadriplegia.