In Memoriam: Jon Whiddon
Jon was an artist. I’ve known Jon for many years, but I usually only saw him two or three times a year – usually at the Gay Spirit Visions conferences, sometimes at one of his art shows.
I’ve had a lot of heartfelt conversations with Jon over the years. Our last conversation was about the optimism he felt, even though he had been battling cancer of the esophagus and had been in chemotherapy for an extended time. Jon talked about keeping a positive outlook and being open to receiving blessings, attracting abundance to our respective careers – him to his artwork, me to my counseling practice. It was a very inspiring conversation with a big gentle man full of Spirit and love.
In July 2006, when I bought Jon’s painting “Forest Crow” and hung it, along with several other paintings by Jon, in my counseling office, this is what I posted here about it:
“Forest Crow” is, to me, a haunting, dream-like image. I have always felt an attraction to naked, autumnal trees, especially when seen against a grey sky. It’s an image that has appeared in my dreams ever since childhood, and to see it portrayed so vividly in a work of art – it truly spoke to something deep inside me.The crow in flight adds to the earthiness of the scene, suggesting to me the flight of the soul against the stark existential realities of life. Not that I find such realities unpleasant. I find a deep beauty in such starkness, and to me this painting reflects that beauty.
Middle: “Forest Crow” at Jon’s 2006 art show in North Georgia
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