Onwarin is also an artist, making composite clay sculptures of flowers that are absolutely realistic. These elaborate ‘nature morte’ often have falling petals, small signs of corruption, decay and death that tie them to their European art historical counterparts. She is also a master of traditional Thai massage, and an excellent cook. My visit was one long feast of rustic Thai cooking. I’m glad that I was able to aid her in some small way, by installing the necessary files for the Rosetta Stone Language software on her disc-driveless MacBook Air.

We made a visit to Curt’s gallery, an appendage to a frame shop and gallery in Bantam, CT, owned by his friend Ella Crampton. It was nice to see a large body of Curt’s recent work, displayed in an elegant, neutral setting.

Most of the time of my visit was spent talking art. Curt and I grew up together, as children and budding young artists. We shared many formative experiences, at Fort Wright College in Spokane, California College of Arts and Crafts and Fenway Studios in Boston. Though our respective painting styles have gone their own directions, we still share some of the same aesthetic ideals and painterly goals.

A back problem, which had been exacerbated by the promotion exam and extreme workouts of Gasshuku, prevented me from walking the grounds of Cornubia Hall. I regret that, and the fact that I couldn’t stay longer. Still, it was nice to see Curt, and to get to know Onwarin better.