bemusing musings of a bewildered brush-wielder

ralph

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Ralph was sentenced to twenty five years to life.  As I painted him, finishing his portrait, I knew that it was possibly the last time I’d ever talk with him.  The day after I painted this, he was moved from Riverhead Jail, to a prison upstate New York, somewhere.  As we worked on this portrait together, Speedy sat to the side.  Words were intruders; we spent four hours in silence, painting.

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One response

  1. Anonymous

    Ralph talked to you. Ralph gave you his life in his silence. He trusted you. He let you see his soul. I feel bad for him. In the new jail no one will read him. He will share his ‘could-have-beens’ with no one. Congratulations on helping Ralph while you could. K

    December 11, 2011 at 5:02 am

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