Last week my twitter stream brought the news that Paul Thiebaud had died, at 49, of cancer.
I never got to meet him, but he saw my work and believed in it and carried it in his gallery in San Francisco, and I find myself still shocked and affected to hear of his death. I did not know he was ill.
Gallery director, Kelly Purcell, first responded to my work when I brought it in and showed it to Paul Thiebaud, who immediately 'got' the invented perspective in my city Squarescapes and invited me to show them in his gallery in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
I always loved the area and his choice to locate his gallery in the midst of a diverse, working neighborhood, rather than amongst the towers downtown.
Thank you, Paul Thiebaud, for truly seeing my work. Thank you for championing the work not only of established greats like Wayne Thiebaud, Giorgio Morandi, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline, but of contemporary artists who paint from the heart.
It's hard to imagine the grief of his family, and all of his friends, employees and colleagues, at the loss of such a discerning, passionate and kind man. Condolences to all who knew and loved him, and may his love for art continue to infuse his gallery and the art scene in San Francisco and New York.