Yesterday, long time friend and contributor to Zazzle, Amy Jordan (FolkArtBlonde) passed away. Our community has lost one of its most uniquely talented artists, but Amy’s legacy will endure through the thoughts and prayers of her friends and family.
Zazzle contributor and friend of Amy, Phrank Ochoa (captphrank) had this to say about Amy:
The Light of Amy…
I have been writing and talking to Amy for about a year. I knew Amy was having health problems, but at what extent, was unknown. One night we were playing a game of Scrabble online and chatting between moves, like we did many times. I happened to mention to Amy that I was having painters block. I had offered to paint a picture for KABSANNIE, but couldn’t be motivated to start. I’ve been painting all my life, some 46 years. I’ve been recognized as an artist, with shows, exhibits, Awards, Television reviews, News paper write-ups, everything an Artist could hope for. Over the years I guess I felt there was nothing more to do and I stopped painting. I saw a Photo of a Nun and a Donkey on KABSANNIES site. I fell in love with it and knew I had to paint it. After I prepared the Board and drew the outline of the picture I couldn’t do anything but stare at it for days. Nothing was coming to me. . Amy began to tell me about how important it was for us artist to paint. How we have an obligation to the outside world to create and bring Joy to everyone. “We’re Artist,” she said, “we can’t let things like blocks stop us from bringing happiness to others through our art.”
She then began to explain to me how she got over painters block. What and how she did this isn’t important right now, but what was to follow was for me and I hope for others also. About three weeks ago she told me about her plan to stop all her meds and to leave all this pain and feelings of being a burden to her family (financially mostly), She knew she would be bed ridden and didn’t want that. She wanted her dignity and to leave this world with better memories for her family than lying in a bed wasting away for who knows how long. She was still painting. Trying to get out as much work as possible no matter how much pain she was in. She got to the point where she couldn’t paint at all but was guiding her Mother’s hand to finish a piece. She laughed and said her Mom was really nervous, but did her best to help and try to complete the work. I don’t know if they finished the picture or not, but the point is she never gave up. I was stunned at her perseverance and her loyalty to her craft. I was never so ashamed of myself for my laziness and arrogance. I was touched by this beautiful artist’s Light. She is an inspiration to me and I will never forget what she taught me, even though I don’t think she knew that directly. I did thank her for her help and I did finish my painting. I’ve started another…Thank You Amy. Funny how something as simple as a Scrabble game can break your Heart….
Our deepest sympathy and love go out to Amy’s friends and family. Please visit Amy’s Zazzle gallery to see the amazing work that will help keep her memory in our hearts forever.