Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Dear friends, family and clients,
There is really no other way to say this, so I will just come out and say that I have just been diagnosed with stage 4 advanced cancer. I will be starting chemotherapy next week, but the prognosis is not good. They are giving me about 2-3 years to live. I am still taking this all in, and have signed up for the most aggresive treatment available. I am going to do everything I can to beat this, but I am also starting to prepare for the worst case scenario. Please don't feel too bad for me, as I have had a very full and interesting life. I have an absolutely amazing group of best friends that are like family to me, and they have all expressed a strong commitment to helping me in any way possible. I have traveled the world, lived in many places, I've been in love twice, and seen and done many interesting things. I have also been able to dedicate my life to being a full time sculptor and artist for the last 28 years. This has been my dream job, and I have been able to both support myself and get my work in many museums, airports, hospitals, universities, train stations, military bases, office buildings and private art collections all around the world, not to mention hundreds of times in movies and on television.
At this point, I will no longer be accepting all new commissions people ask for, and only picking a few select projects for the time I have left. I do have a LOT of sculptures and paintings currently available at my studio if anyone is interested in those. I do want to spend time with many of you, and that has now become a priority for me, so please drop me an email to set something up. I would also ask that you please respect my privacy, and don't show up at my studio without notice. It's really no fun talking about this stuff, and I don't want to have the same sad discussions too often.
I am actually taking this news fairly well, though the daily pain is not too much fun. I am looking at the end of my time here as hopefully the beginning of an amazing new adventure after I pass. I am excited about the possibility of seeing those people I love that have passed before me, not to mention getting out of jury duty.
I have a lot of love for so many of you, and I want you to know that you have helped to make my life way more fun, interesting, and worth living. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!