this painting is dedicated in loving memory
to percy russell, a friend and mentor to me in
my chinese brush painting class these past twelve
years. he always laughed when i called him my
favorite “lao wai” (old foreigner =) and claimed that
he must have been chinese in a past life.

near the end of every class, he’d inevitably ask
me: so what masterpiece are you working on?

words cannot express how sorely he’ll be missed.
and how many lives he’d touched in his time here–
over four decades of which he spent as a student
of the brush. <3

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