New drawing, “The Bruggemann Triptych” in the “commissioned” page.

Uploaded “The Bruggemann Triptych” and each of its panels in the “commissioned” page. These were commissioned by my dear friend from Phillips Academy, Reid Bruggemann, as illustrations for a piece he is writing about the Hindu deities. I normally stay away from religious subjects, but when a friend wants a favor, all bets are off. Besides, there were supposed to be boobs and blood everywhere–how could I say No?

Back in ’94, when I graduated from Middlebury College, I was then leaving the USA to go live in Japan, indefinitely. Reid drove several hours just to spend a couple of hours with me before I had to go. I remember we shared a pizza, then looked into each other’s eyes, knowing it may be for the last time. That was one of the saddest moments in my life, and the memory of his expression haunted and encouraged me for what would become a miserable decade for me. Reid kept writing me during that decade, though I was almost never able to respond.

I’m back in the USA again, and Reid and I have been able to see each other. I think our interests have shifted some, but almost 20 years on, there is an undying love that keeps us in each other’s heart.

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