Life’s Work

90 years old with a lifetime full of paintings in his Portland basement.
Only family and a few friends knew.
He was a protean painter bridging eras and worlds.
The twentieth century flowed across his canvases,
each one a shimmering stipple in Seurat’s Afternoon on the Island.
They gave him a show before he died.
He seemed happy about it.
He left a bit early.
He was tired.
He had an idea for a painting.

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