Joe Whalen

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“Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men. They are the bonds of a great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them. The Brotherhood is powerful. It has many members. They are of all places and of all times. The members do not die.” Robert Henri
I learned today that my hero, my champion, the great Joe Whalen has passed away. He was more than a wonderful painter. He made artists. He spent his life teaching and encouraging people to lead creative lives.  There were times in my life when I was mad at Joe. I wanted to quit. I was ready to give up. The artist life was too hard, too costly. But I couldn’t. I would hear Joe’s firm voice clearly. “Art, you are a true artist. Don’t ever give up. Never quit. Keep painting no matter what.” Farewell my brother. Thank you.

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