Sad news for lovers of Canadian painter Robert Genn’s twice weekly newsletter. The artist passed away on the 27th of May. Robert mentioned his health issue in an October newsletter last year when he summed up his doctor’s verdict in 5 words: Pancreatic cancer–perhaps a year. I missed that newsletter, so hearing of his passing just now came as a shock. I never met the man in person but after ten years of reading his Painter’s Keys newsletter I’m going to miss him.
Way back in 2003 I asked Robert if he could answer a few questions and give me permission to publish a few of his paintings on my old ArtQuotes.net website. From then on I have been subscribed to his arts newsletter. I didn’t always have time to read every letter as life sometimes got in the way but there would always be another one there for me next week. Robert’s writings became a part of my life and I’m thankful for all that he has shared over the years.
May 15, 1936 – May 27, 2014
Rest in Peace