Wednesday, July 20, 2011
It was only a year ago, several of us spent a few days at Star Island painting en plein air. Ivan passed away June 6th of complications of lung cancer. I enjoyed getting to know him. He was a very hard worker and hiked all over the place looking for inspiration then he worked for hours in that spot. A true professional, he enjoyed chatting with passers-bye, and told me about Jewel extra long brushes, which I subsequently purchased and agree with him that they have a nice "snap" at the end of the stroke. At Star Island everyone eats in a communal fashion and we all shared stories, it was a very nice time. What a nice guy, he was happy and seemed very healthy as well. I'm so sorry that he left us so young.