Monthly Archives: August 2014

Reflections Oahu

My Dad Loved Colorado.  He taught me that taking the time to experience all that is has to offer is well worth the effort.  He of all people, knew that the greatest adventures are waiting in your own backyard but as he grew older he realized that his backyard was the entire world.  For 20 years, my folks called Hawaii home and I was so fortunate to be able to appreciate all of the little things that make it special.  I dedicated this video to my Father on his 80th Birthday so he could see and feel what he could no longer do as the grip of Parkinson’s disease progressed.  I hope you take this five minute holiday..who knows, it may make your backyard bigger as well.

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Crested Butte Escape

Colorful Crested Butte

Colorful Crested Butte

There is a reason that Crested Butte has earned the alias of “wildflower capital”.  Tammy and I recently spent four days visiting some of my old time favorites, Slate Creek, Oh-Be Joyful, Maroon Bells Wilderness, Paradise Basin and the Anthracite Range.  We badly needed to “Re-Boot” both figuratively and literally.  The Flora could not have been more spectacular and the folks at the Rocky Mountains Biological Laboratory were abuzz collecting data.  Enjoy the explosion of color and remember that the greatest adventures are in your own backyard!

Gothic - Home of the Rocky Mt. Biological Laboratory

Gothic – Home of the Rocky Mt. Biological Laboratory

Sunflowers in the Aspens near Gothic

Sunflowers in the Aspens near Gothic

Upper Slate Creek

Upper Slate Creek

South Side of the Snowmass Range

South Side of the Snowmass Range

Paradise Basin

Paradise Basin

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The Enduring Glow Of A Beautiful Life

 

"The Enduring Glow Of A Beautiful Life"   10"x 20" Acrylic on Canvas

“The Enduring Glow Of A Beautiful Life”
10″x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Monday evening, as I drove home I witnessed the most incredible sunset.  A glowing orange and yellow sky over the latent silhouette of the front range.  Too much traffic and visual obstruction to pull over and take a photo, I captured the image in my mind instead.  I had just left my folks at the Denver Hospice Care Center at Lowry where my Dad would undergo a procedure the next morning that would make him more comfortable as he suffered from the later stages of Parkinson’s Disease.  Before I said goodnight to my Father for the last time, we talked about how beautiful the facility was and I told him that Robin Williams had passed away (he loved Robin Williams).  One of the night nurses graciously brought them a tuna fish sandwich to share even though they had “checked in” too late for dinner and after I left I understand that Dad ate most of it.
Oh how much it hurts to loose someone you Love so much.  The grief might even cause a person to jump out of bed, start and finish a painting as the sun rises, which is exactly what I did this morning.  I am compelled to paint my Father’s setting sun and this small sketch will be used for a piece that is 20 times larger.   I want this memory to be larger than life.

Me with my mind's image

Me with my mind’s image

Mom, Dad, Tammy (taking pic) and Myself at the Denver Art Museum several weeks ago

Mom, Dad, Tammy (taking pic) and Myself at the Denver Art Museum several weeks ago

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My Wonderful Father

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A Sunday Visit to the Denver Museum of History and Science (8/3/14)

My lengthy hiatus from this effort (my blogs) is attributed significantly to the long, long path that I was able to walk alongside my Father and Mother while in the Autumn of Dad’s life. For seven years, they had to endure difficult circumstances, one after another, all somehow related to the harm that Parkinson’s Disease can inflict. Yesterday Afternoon, Dad crossed over from this life to the next. It was the first completely cloudless day in Denver in as long as I can remember and he left this world so peacefully, so quickly that I am profoundly moved. For so long, I have wanted to write and be read; I have wanted to share the experiences that I have had in my own personal walk as an Artist and as a Son. Yet for so long, these experiences belonged in my heart and not on published pages.

My Father’s passing comes like the opening of a flood gate. I am ready to share once again and I hope to somehow kindle a flame of inspiration if even in just one person.

Even on his death bed, it would not have shocked me if my Father had awakened from his final sleep to recite word for word the following quote by William Shakespeare. “Cowards die many deaths, The Valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” Seriously, the man had a knack for reciting poetry and singing funny songs at the most inappropriate times. This time, he did not awaken from his slumber but his words are still with me.

Before I close this post, I want to share a few thoughts about Denver Hospice. Yesterday morning, before I understood that it would be Dad’s final sunrise, I wrote the following words. Mom and Dad finally found their way back to the “Hilton”. The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry Field is a living masterpiece. Oddly, the kind of place that makes you want to live. As my Dad would say, it is a “castle on the hillside”. In some ways you might think that such a place would be cruel and unusual punishment for those who find themselves at the exit door of life. Not So, I say! The architectural marvel is more than matched by the compassion, dignity and understanding that permeates from its walls. The halls echo in celebration of all that is good in Mankind. For me personally, this place is an inspiration. The Exhibition of artwork on display is incredible. Much care was given to select original works that might trigger a warm memory; that might remind one how precious life is. And then the admirable culture that dwells in the care center goes completely over the top. So different than what you will find in a hospital, where the goal is physical healing and profit. Denver Hospice defines success much differently, to create comfort for the body and the spirit. Perhaps the ultimate goal of Hospice is to mirror what we hope for on the other side of death. These are the things that have touched me profoundly, that have nudged the trajectory of my life in the most beautiful way.

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One of the Beautiful Paintings at the Denver Hospice Care Center at Lowry

 

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