Monday, March 3, 2014

Ernie Silva

Ernie Silva  Sunset, Deer and Shadow  2001  oil on canvas with artist wood frame 33" x 29"

Ernie silva took his life the other day. I was shocked and dismayed by that event. I had known him casually for many years. We would meet at museum and gallery events and exchange a few words. I enjoyed his work and tried to see all his local exhibitions . He was quiet, reserved and kind to all he came in contact with. He was recently diagnosed with a disease that would eventually make life as he knew it impossible and difficult for him and his family to cope with. He taught for 36 years at UCSD and by stories told by his students, was a respected and consummate professor. He was 66 years old.

I will miss seeing his new work and gentle smile and feeling his warm hand shake.

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