Frank was a beautiful human being.
He was naturally kind, always found an angle on things that made cynicism feel futile.
He was murdered in Calgary, Alberta, in 1983.
He realized, one day, that his best work always came when he was, as he said, "really looking." He set out to investigate that "really looking" and began producing works that offered tremendous possibilities.
We lost a great deal when he died, I lost a very special friend. I was thousands of miles away from Calgary when he died and could not even return there for his funeral.
I offer these images as a tribute to his memory.
All images of Frank and of his work come from a catalog of a posthumous exibition held at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, where we both taught.
|Mirror Image, 1979||Room Interior with Self Portrait, 1979||Mums II, 1983||April Pattern, 1983||April, Bragg Creek, 1983|
|Figure and Shadow, 1980||Bragg Creek Storm, 1979||Spruce
||May, Sibbald Flats, 1983|
In the early 70's, Frank and a few of us started cross country skiing in the beautiful region so well (re)presented in his paintings.
Frank was no athlete! One day, we were trying to teach him to snow plow.
He had a great time (and that was contagious).