It’s been a year since I picked up a drawing pencil. The drawing wall has been a blank sheet of paper for twelve months and I haven’t cared. I wondered if I would ever care again. As has happened in the past, it took the lost of a beloved individual to get me moving again.
Ted Suchecki was someone we knew since we started coming to Gloucester in 2005. His wife Lauren owned The Last Stop, the favorite lunch place of the RV Odyssey crew while they were docked at Gloucester Marine Railways. When we’d come visit the boat, we’d visit Lauren. Ted had his own business, running a construction company for feature films shooting in the Boston area, so his work has been featured in many films you’ve seen.
We shared a love of travel with Lauren and Ted, and swapped ideas and locations. It was while they were on vacation at the end of last year that Ted passed suddenly, leaving his friends shocked and his wife heartbroken.
This portrait is my gift to Lauren. I handed her the cardboard tube today in her yard, masks on, no hugs. Just a recognition in her eyes of what it was.
There are just three colors on white paper: Crimson Red, Canary Yellow, and China Blue.
Ted was also a sponsor, with Lauren, of I Am More: Massachusetts and I’m proud that his name will accompany the exhibit wherever it goes.