Monday, February 8, 2016

Saying Good-bye to Walt

2015 was an exceptional year in so many ways. Most importantly it was the last year in the life of my love and life partner, Walt Pascoe 1958 - 2015. Walt had been ill for the past four years but we managed to live those four years fully and with great enthusiasm. 

Evening light as we enter Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
Wild beauty in the Montana sky and open space.
Walt chose to focus on living Life rather then on his impending departure from Life. When you know the man you love doesn't have much time left on earth everything sharpens into focus. Small ordinary things become extraordinary and beautiful. 

Watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean in Oregon on July 4th

Magical window in Sparkling Hills Spa (a gift from the universe)

Roadside Picnic at Duffy Lake
Chesterman Beach, Tofino in the Blue Hour

This past summer Walt and I made the road trip of a life time. Travelling over 10,000 miles in two months, we saw unparalleled beauty and experienced extraordinary love everywhere we travelled. It truly was a "Trip the Light Fantastic" adventure. 

Northern Ontario June 2015
Northern Ontario June 201

We didn't speak of Walt's illness too often, only when it became necessary to rest or pause so he could catch his breath. Often I felt like I was travelling with a bodhisattva as his gentle spirit and kindness radiated brighter ever day. As his body declined his inner light seemed to increase. As he grew quieter his presence grew stronger. Walt managed to elevate the spirit of every person and place we visited on that journey, including mine.

At our friend's camp on Galliano Island, BC
By the time we returned to his home in Litchfield, CT the cancer had spread yet again and he had to undergo more horrendous treatments. We did manage to visit Walt's beloved Adirondacks a couple of times in the midst of those treatments which was balm for his soul.

Evening Paddle on Upper Saranac Lake
Resting at Buttermilk Falls
Throughout these difficult years and often even during treatments, Walt would continue to work on his art. We both shared a passion for our work and loved to discuss and explore our ideas together as we worked side by side. Just before Walt died he had one final burst of life and participated in our Group of Six Montreal Painters exhibiton in December.

Walt talking about his work
Taking a bow
Theresa Passarello, Demetrios Papakostas, Darlene St Georges, Walt Pascoe, Holly Friesen, Dominique Normand
I will be eternally grateful for having had this man in my life. We lived a full lifetime in those brief six years. He brought so much depth and breadth to my whole life that it will help to sustain me as I go forward without him. I miss him every day, every minute, every second. I miss our conversations, our walks, working side by side, cooking side by side, listening to jazz and drinking wine together, laughing together, making plans together, looking at art together but most of all dancing through life together with all that Love surrounding us.
You and me, baby. Always.

Dancing in the Studio

Sunset on Chesterman Beach, Tofino, BC

where you can contribute your voice, see photos and read stories by others of Walt's life.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Walt's Words

I would like to repost the words of my late beloved Walt Pascoe 1958 - 2015.

Savage Uncertainties on the Road Home

This was written three years to the day prior to his death this year on Dec 21, 2015. His eloquent words give us a glimpse into what it was like for him to know he was dying. He was a man of great wisdom and his last years were a gift for all who spent time with him.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gratitude in Autumn

Accept What Comes from the Silence / 24" x 30" / acrylic on canvas
At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost. ~Rainer Maria Rilke~

Cascade Forest / 24" x 30" / acrylic on canvas
This has been an extraordinary summer for the artist/gypsy in me. I have never felt so close to the bone of my soul life. I have traveled extensively, inside and out for the past five months. A journey that has peeled away the unnecessary and revealed the essence and interconnectedness of many places, people and things. 

Ten years ago my life was so confused and muddled I didn't think I would ever see clearly again. Today the waters have stilled and are crystal clear. My inner vision is

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Summertime Tripping

What a summer it has been! 
"Trip the Light" road trip covered 10,000 miles in 2 glorious months. Starting in Boston, Walt and I headed for Montreal, crossed Canada to Vancouver. Spent time in Tofino, Salt Spring Island, Galiano, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and back to Litchfield, CT. I hope to write a more expanded itinerary and produce a book of this trip over the ooming winter months. Stay Tuned.

We saw an abundance of beauty in every landscape we crossed. Prairies, lakes, old growth forests, precambrian rocks, canyons, mountains and oceans. All of it was magnificent and much of it still glorious and wild and free! It 
made us so grateful to be Alive!

Hiking and Exploring the Rainforests of Tofino, BC

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Plein Air Paintings Available

Several new paintings fresh off the easel from the Adirondacks in August

River Running / 16" x 20" 

Clouds of Flowers / 18" x 24"

Stay Weird / 18" x 24" 

Glacial Erratic / 18" x 24"

St Regis Canoe Input / 16" x 20"

Talking Trees / 20" x 16"

Monday, August 3, 2015

Two Shows Running Concurrently

The first show is being held as a two day Pop Up Gallery in Lake Placid, NY

An exceptional venue with a view to die for! Hence the name Heaven Hill!
I hope to see you there!

The second show is in the border town of Standstead, QC on the border of Vermont, USA in a converted Blacksmith Studio. This old building is full of charm and perched above the Tomifobia River.  Le Vieux Forgeron is open from 11am to 6pm and is a lovely place to visit. I am honored to have my paintings hanging here until August 16th.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Meeting the Forests of Tofino

A short visit to Vancouver and a couple nights spent with dear friends in Horseshoe Bay was our entrance point to Tofino. The warm welcome of friends and family had set the vibe for the crossing of the Georgia Straight from Horseshoe Bay to Nanimo.

Horseshoe Bay in the evening / photo by Walt Pascoe
Tofino came as a complete surprise to me. I had heard people rant and rave about this place many times before and