9.5in x 12in | 24.1cm x 30.5cm
Black Prismacolor wax pencil on paper
Collection of Martha G de Chavez
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Behind the drawing
This drawing is based upon a street musician I saw in Bruges. As I worked on the drawing, once again without planning it, I came to the realization I was drawing a likeness of a relative…in this case, my cousin Lito Bujanda-Moore. Quite fitting as music and art abounded in his family. His mother, Ruth Kurz Moore was a fine pianist and harpsichordist and Lito showed the same promise with a clarinet in his youth. But even more fitting now as, though we are fifteen years apart, we have grown remarkably close as adults. Without him, you also would not be viewing this website as he is my webmaster extraordinaire.
In 1999, a close friend of mine in El Paso, Randy Limbird, insisted I should have an artist website, something that was far beyond my inept ability with computers. Computers and I have always had a dicey relationship. For example, while most animals like me immediately upon meeting; most computers take an immediate dislike to me and glitch up. Seriously! Often, when I am near a strange computer, the operator says, “Just a minute…that’s weird…it’s never done that before.” If I step back or the computer becomes “used” to my presence, the difficulty clears up. It even happens when I am on the phone with a sales representative or technician. “Sorry, the computer just froze, hang on, or can you call back later.” My mutual dislike of computers did not deter Randy’s insistence. He felt a website was essential to my career and thanks to his kindness and expertise, he set up some pages for me on his website El Paso Scene.
However, with time, it became apparent that I should have my own separate website, something I was loathe to do. Then, in 2001, when our extended family gathered for my father’s funeral, Lito suggested and offered to set up and take care of a website for me. Thus, www.annjamesmassey.com was born.
Though he had mentioned it for some several years, last year Lito felt it was absolutely time for us to update the look and scope of our site after twenty years. He also wanted me to be able to interact easily with the site myself despite my technophobia. It had become an exciting and fun project in the works for 8 months with the result you see today.
Lito is not only a brilliant computer engineer, but he is also a gifted graphic artist https://www.instagram.com/eleyeteaoh/ His friendship, generosity and sharing of his talents with me can never be repaid.