A STORM COMING

A STORM COMING

By / Obituaries / الثلاثاء, 06 حزيران/يونيو 2017 04:00

By: PAULA WITHROW

God gave me my husband, Ken. We were married for 17 years, and I am grateful for those years. Ken was my best friend. He taught me to see the landscapes of the world differently. I look for the shadows in the water and landscapes, and I take in the colors of the sunset. Ken’s favorite thing to paint were landscapes.
One evening at Fort Fisher, our friends shouted, “Does anyone have a camera? We have to get a picture of the sunset for Ken.” No one had a camera. But, Ken came home and painted the sunset from memory. Ken not only loved God, but he loved God’s creative beauty.
We traveled to six of seven continents. Ken told everyone that his family probably thought he was a gypsy because they are homebodies and didn’t like traveling. In the last few years, we increased our travels, as we knew we could not do it much longer.
In the last month, Ken painted two new paintings. I think they tell a story. The first one was of the flags and park of Kure Beach. Ken loved Kure Beach. The second one had a storm behind three boats. Ken had already painted an award-winning painting of the three boats in the sunshine which we had hanging on our wall. But, he said the reason he painted the storm coming was for dramatic effect for the judges of an art show he was entering. He didn’t know a storm was coming in our own lives. When I went to frame the pictures for him, a white matte was taped to the picture blocking out the storm. Ken heard me say I didn’t like the storm in the picture. So, I told the frame shop to frame it with the storm, just as Ken wanted. He had only done this for me, taking out the storm.
In the future, I’ll see Ken every day as I see the shadows of a tree, a storm, a sunset, the flags of Kure Beach, and everywhere I travel, as he taught me to see God’s creation, which is the finest art.
Many of you ask me how you can help me through this loss. I am so pleased that you are praying for me and for my family, and I thank you! God has taken Ken, and I have lost my best earthly friend. My life will never be the same, but I hope you will include me in your get-togethers, and we can enjoy a meal or a sunset, together. Ken, not only loved God, and his creation, but Ken personally loved everyone. His message to his art students is “Keep on painting;” and for those who do not paint, he would say, “Stop, and look at God’s creation.”

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