Tony Paterson


Dear Irving,

I wish you a joyous 80th birthday and esthetically rich and rewarding years to come. I would also like to express my profound appreciation for your intense and passionate writing. Your poetry has given me new insights into human behavior.

Over the years, I have shared some of my thoughts with you about visual art, and I always felt that you understood my work as few others do. With your gentleness and intelligence, you have provided invaluable support and guided me through some tough times, and I am deeply grateful to you for that. You will always remain one of my truest friends.

I just rebuilt my studio, and I hope I will have an opportunity to do your portrait sometime.

Happy Birthday!

Tony Paterson

My new studio