hi Sarah, it's so nice to hear from you--I'm glad that you made this page. We miss Brent--every time I come into the Fresno Arts Council I see his beatiful art and also his picture next to his work, we just love it--and miss him too! I hope you are doing well, thanks, Maria
The first time I met you and Brent when he made his first canvas delivery to me, I knew there was something special about both of you. I felt instantly like we were friends. I am so terribly sorry for your loss and I will miss seeing you both! Brent had a sparkle in his eye like no other. I have completed a work in his honor and will try to post a picture soon. Take Care Sarah.
Okay. About my father's paintings. everybody had their favorites. I DO NOT want anybody to profit from their sale. This means I want to give them away. I want everybody to have one. Sarah will get hers as well. The only thing I ask is that you pick it up and display it proudly and NEVER EVER sell it or paint over it. I will take it off your hands if you cannot or will not do this. Please contact me and we will try to make arrangements to pick it up. I also think Katie can help with this seeing as her husband has the keys to what was his studio. All the paintings are there right now. please contact me @ email@example.com
Goodbye Fresno, ill still be here on the web. If anyone needs to contact me ever i have had this email for 10 years now.. firstname.lastname@example.org feel free to contact me. i have been blessed with the love from people i only knew a face or had a few chats with in passing at art hop. It did just dawn on me though tonight at the Crystal show that when i stop talking, its going to hit me. That Brent is gone. But i wanted to thank this community because you didn't know me and you talked to me sometimes for hours, opening up to me, telling me secrets about your past. All of this has helped me figure out what happened, some. all of this has helped delay the break down so i could pack, take care of things, and wait till my parents could get here to help me trek back to chicagoland. Thank you all so much.
ive been so worried about this article.. i didn't know if i should do it, if Brent would of wanted me to do it. There was one reason that kept bugging me to do it. That was because i really didn't know if or how i could do an obit, and one of his sisters really needed one for a personal reason. i hope she is ok with this. http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local-news/story/943690.html
ok this is the video i've been trying to get up for 2 days.. this is so Brent. Him talking about Opera.. i know that sounds boring... but its not.. if you ever heard him talk about painting.. watch it, you'll like it. its long. its 14:00 we were on a boat on vacation in morro bay back on 7/20/2008. we had put the opera cd on to try to get our beagle Jackson to howl, he likes to howl to opera, it wasn't loud enough so Brent decided to tell a story.
Going through all of this, talking to the artists, all of Brent's friends he probably didn't know he had, has really helped me sort some of this out in my mind. usually enough so i can sleep alittle at night. Thank you to everyone. Im so touched. You've given this deep closeted cynic hope for humanity again.
Brent wrote me this poem when i first moved to the valley, i thought i'd share it.
when we touch
the noise in my mind
when our eyes meet
leaves, falls, and sleeps
when you say my name
a warmth overcomes me