Nov 6, 2008

Life Goes on





This has been a tough week for all of us. My talented, wonderful uncle and godfather Jim McHale passed away on Tuesday after an almost year-long battle with colon cancer. He lived in California, and although I begged him to come stay with me, he chose to live his life exactly how he wanted to until the very end. There's dignity and strength in that choice.



He was an amazing artist who found his muse late in life. He didn't start really creating until the past 5 years or so. He loved digital media. He was lucky enough to have an amazing art show in October, courtesy of group called Dream Foundation. They arranged for him to have the show, kind of like Make-a-Wish.



I don't have any of his work. But I sent him lots of stuff over the past few months- art magazine, idea books, little journal, and hand-decorated moleskin folder, etc. He loved the mixed-media, collaged pieces I sent him. He understood me as an artist, and I understood him too.





He'll be sorely missed, and never far from my thoughts. Perhaps he'll be my muse now. Love you UJ!

8 comments:

CINNIBONBON said...

Oh girl.
I'm truly sorry for your loss.

I'm in tears from your tribute to him.
What amaziong art!!! Iloved that he just "found" his art late in life, the joy it must have created within him...just pure and wonderful!

Hey ...I also have to say...he's quite a striking looking fellow!!

I loved the last photo too..is that yours and his hands?

Very touching.Thank you for sharing..

Oh oh..excuse me...what's that over at the etsy shop?....gergeous!!!

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lee,

This was a wonderful tribute and memory of your Uncle. I know you will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Love,
Tam

Del said...

A wonderful tribute Lee ... I send my sympathy to you and your family.

Donna O. said...

Beautiful tribute to your Uncle. I hope your heart finds its way to a healing path.
D.

Tam said...

I just got back and was catching up on blogs and I want to send you my prayers! I loved your tribute to your Uncle!

Sea Angels said...

Oh I am so sorry, so very sorry, what a beautiful post. Know that in the times to come you will remember him, without your pain.
Can I put my arms around you and give you a hug.
Love Lynn xx

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

That last photo said it all. Thank you for the glimpse into this life. And please accept my sympathy.

Karen Hetzer said...

I started my lazy Sunday morning on one of those innocent searches of I wonder what ever happened to...... Hi :-) First let me say I'm so sorry to learn about Jim's passing and your loss and I want to thank you for posting this tribute to him. My name is Karen and I knew Jim (and Trish) way back in the seventy's when I worked for a concert promoter in Philadelphia (Electric Factory Concerts),it was my job to set up the dressing rooms and make sure the crews were fed. I didn't know them well but they left an impression. Jim was such a nice guy, very down to earth, very real. I had remembered that they moved to Hawaii and always wondered what happened after that. I was so glad to see you post photos of his artwork, I spent hours trying to find images. I also found art late in life so was very curious to see his work. So again, thank you for sharing this tribute. Karen Hetzer