Many people will tell you that it is wrong to look back, the truth of that is of course greatly dependent whether or not the memories are happy ones. If you are lucky enough to escape the attention of misguided therapists who will try to unearth unhappy experiences, which the clever old brain has sent into oblivion and charge you a lot of money to apprise you of the theory that all your self created disasters are someone else’s fault. Me I know that my life changed for the better when after carelessly losing both my parents followed by both my siblings by the age of sixteen I met the Painter Paul Maze and his beautiful wife Jessie, who was also the model for his most beloved work. They taught me how to live a beautiful life made from very little. Between them they gave me the foundation for a life well lived. In the picture here, you will see Paul speaking words of wisdom to my baby son Andy who is listening with joy. Paul and Jessie were like the grandparents my children never had and to me of course they were like chosen parents. Last night we spent a wonderful evening looking through the photos Jessie lovingly stuck in a well thumbed album.
Since our friend David Rose complied a film of Paul from archives he found, it is as if he had been reborn to us and I feel both his and Jessie’s presence and know that all will be well. In one of these archives Paul speaks of his painting life with Winston Churchill during the war and how the great man “ knew no hate and did everything from love”. That is what Paul lived by and it is so apparent in his work, a good mantra for life and the hardest to follow.