A few years a ago I posted a link and story about one of my best friends from TX, art director/ designer Paul Jerde. Paul was bulldozed by a truck while riding around White Rock Lake and went into a coma for months. He's fighter and woke up eventually but had to relearn everything. I mention this story for several reasons: 1) to give you an update on Paul's progress (see link) and 2) to to formally thank the drawgers who gave me free art to sell on Paul's behalf at the golf fundraiser we held for him. Its pretty unbelievable we raised 64K at a weekend tournament, and we could'nt have done it without Don Kilpatrick III, Leo Espinosa and Harry Campbell.
I really appreciated it fellas and I know Paul's family was touched by your art.
Here's Leo wizardry. Paul loved to golf (still does just not as avid as he used to be) and was a big fan of illustration. He also served as president of the DSVC (DAllas Society of Visual Communication) for a while. Whatever Paul does, he commits fully.
Thanks for busting this one out for Paul, Leo. It's a beaut. Captures him perfectly.
Here's Harry's piece. I was impressed Harry took the time to help out on this one because (like me) he isn't accustomed to doing portraits. But he nailed this one. THx Harry.
Here is DK III's painted portrait. I forget who bought which paintings but this one ended up back at the hospital and rehab center where Paul stayed (I forget the name of it, way out in east texas). Great job DK3.
Here is Paul's family: Patty and Buzz. Buzz is named after Paul's cousin who was seated directly next to one of the terrorists in the first plane to hit the Trade Center. Patty is rock for Paul and an inspiration to those who have seen her through tough times.
The second benefit for Paul will be held on October 11, 2010. For details click here. Thanks again to DK III, Leo and Harry for supporting Paul and his family through this tough period. Another reason to appreciate this site is the power of the artists who give time to help others (even the ones they've never met). Cheers.