Skookum – Van Gogh
DESiGN: This painting has a story and is a tribute to a patient of mine. She owned a bookstore and when I was over in the islands seeing patients once a month –sometimes at the end of the day I would have time to stop in on my walk to catch the ferry back home. In the back of her bookstore on the wall she had a small poster with a quote by Vincent Van Gogh ” I think that I still have it in my heart someday to paint a bookshop with the front window yellow and pink in the evening….like a light in the midst of the darkness. ” I told her one time that if she ever closed the business I would like to buy that poster. Regrettably, she passed relatively young away from cancer in 2006. Her bookshop lives on though, continued by a good friend of hers. The poster has been lost in the move……but I took Van Gogh’s suggestion and painted Susan’s old front shop door one evening last week for her. The U.S. stamp in the other corner commemorates perhaps a summer romance she had with a visiting professor who was doing research at a nearby oceanographic lab studying tide pool invertebrates.