I painted this portrait of Patti-Anne Fitzpatrick before I started my blog,
15 years ago, and before I understood that I needed good quality photos
of my work. Patti-Anne died yesterday when she was taken off life
supports after suffering a severe aneurysm. She is profoundly missed.
I thought I'd share this blog post I wrote about her in 2008. I had so much
fun painting her portrait, as this was long before COVID and she sat
and posed for me in my studio.
"Patti-Anne, my former boss Frank's wife, is what Frank would
describe as, "beyond gorgeous," and a very funny woman.
One of her favourite expressions is,"too funny!" as she cracks up
watching a comedy skit. She is also a pro golfer, so when Frank
asked me to paint her, I knew I had to honour her love of the
porch, with a sunny, abstract floral background. I love the energy
in the painting -- her athletic strength and femininity coming through,
and the clear expression of the sparkling sense of humour I enjoyed
so much while she sat for the portrait."
Goodbye Patti-Anne, we miss everything about you.
My heartfelt condolences Barbara, Steven, and the family of Patti-Anne. Your writings convey what a special person your friend was and how shocking and tragic it is to lose a women who brightened the lives of those around her. May she rest in peace.
Thanks for this. It would not be in Patti-Anne's nature to
rest. She was a doer.
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