Murray’s Children

2008
acrylic on board
72 x 58cm

The children’s Dad Murray and I were close friends when we were teenagers in Christchurch. When I moved to Auckland in the 1970’s we gradually lost touch, but I often thought about Murray and how he was getting on. Many years later we unexpectedly met up again through a mutual friend when I was visiting Christchurch. It was wonderful seeing him after all those years and meeting his family. Murray said how much he would like it if I could paint his three children Megan, Caitlin and Finley. But all too soon Murray’s was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and when I finally gave him the finished portrait he couldn’t talk any more. So sad! His wife Liz told me they put the painting up next to Murray’s bed and where he could lie and look at it.

Murray

Murray as I remember him all those years ago when we were friends in Christchurch.
Miss you Murray xxx

• November 2, 2014

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