Joe was a free spirt and loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved nature and everything pure. He was a musician and traveled the world playing bass in a band in his younger days and more recently before he had been diagnosed with cancer. He used to draw symbols on everything - peace sign, heart and double music note. He lived a simple bohemian lifestyle and loved hand made everything. When he moved into the apartment building he and my sister lived in, he turned the overgrown shrubbery in the buildings courtyard into an amazing succulent garden and built & created a patio and place for all the tenants to gather for summer BBQs and get togethers just because he felt like it, not because anyone asked him to do it . At his memorial, one of the tenants said before he was there, it was just a place to live. Once he turned it into a community, it became a family. The garden is now marked with a sign made of old license plates pieced together that says "Joe's Garden". He was the kind of person you just wanted to be around, and didn't have a mean spirited bone in his body. Everyone he crossed paths with never forgot him. As we celebrate his life on the anniversary of his passing, I remember him as an amazing human being and I am blessed to have known him while he was here on earth.
As I read Kathy's words, I felt very drawn to the two pics of Joe that had the sun setting over the ocean, which is why I decided to capture that in his legacy piece. Kathy had also sent me the the "peace, love, and music note" symbol that he drew everywhere, so I printed and traced that into his bowl as well.