On Tom Buechner/ Bridget Bossart van Otterloo


As part of the tribute by the artist who painted with Tom Buechner over the years, we will be posting, over the next few weeks, short writings on the influence of Tom,  written by many of the artists who have participated in this exhibit.  We are starting with Bridget Bossart van Otterloo.


Mary's Poppy- Bridget Bossart van Otterloo

Tom taught me many things about painting and about life. One of the most important lessons was how to respect time. He taught me how to treat painting as a real job and to set priorities—we do what is most important to us.

On Saturday painting sessions I would often wander down to Mary’s garden to see what was in bloom, and always found something interesting to paint. Tom helped me to see the architecture and design of flowers and plants—how each one had a distinct silhouette and gesture.

I am forever grateful for the time I had with Tom, but wish for at least 10 more years. He was so generous with so many of us artists. We all miss him immensely.

— Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo


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