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Robert Genn

(May 15, 1936 - May 27, 2014)


May 30, 2014

Dear Artist,

On Tuesday morning, at 10:20am, Dad passed away. He was at home, surrounded by his family. My brother “The world is so full of a number of things, that I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)  Robert Genn, age 12, in Victoria, BC
“The world is so full of a number of things, that I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Robert Genn, age 12, in Victoria, BC
Dave's Airedale, Stanley, lay on the floor nearby. This day was also my, and my twin brother James's, birthday.

A few evenings earlier, Dad and I were sitting up together, discussing a favourite piece of music. "Carl Orff's Carmina Burana has the ability to take you from placidity to power in one sonic breath. It is music of dignity and strength, with primitive, energetic passages, evoking absolute beauty from the simplest of phrases. It brings up something that has everything to do with significance -- squeezing joy and motif that you just can't drop -- it stays with you."

I tapped along on his laptop as he riffed a stream of consciousness, his sense of wonder twinkling, then sparkling, his voice growing ever softer, his hand squeezing mine when we paused. "The thing about art is that life is in no danger of being meaningless," he whispered. I remembered, again, the wonder of nearing the summit plateau at Lake McArthur, rounding a corner to the West Coast Trail's packed, silvery strand and, moment by moment, the unveiling of the magic hour on the Bois d'Amour in Pont Aven, Brittany. A few more steps, a couple of breaths to our destination: a silent sharing in the marvel.

I thanked him for the millionth time. We all thanked him as he slipped away. "Thank-you, Daddy, thank-you."

In Fuengirola, Spain, 1964
In Fuengirola, Spain, 1964
And what about your twice-weekly letters? This ardent epistolary friendship, this living commitment, a connection and conviction to the imagination and creative heartbeat, and to lifemanship? Dad wrote to you last October, after receiving his diagnosis, and since then we've solidified our intention. He wrote:

"From the get-go we have been aware of the value of these twice-weekly letters to artists and others. Sara has helped me with many of them. We've shared our artistic journey together and have often talked about this day. One of the ideas we're tossing around is that she start off by writing once a week. The other letter would be a favourite previous one of mine. If we ran all my previous letters once a week, they would last for 27 years! Finding ourselves at new chapters in our adventure, we sincerely hope we can continue to be of service to you."

And so, I'll write to you. And you'll get Dad's letters, too. It will be my honour to do so, and will continue to be with the deepest gratitude to you, his friend in art.

In Crescent Park, Surrey, BC, 1981
In Crescent Park, Surrey, BC, 1981
Sincerely,

Sara

PS: "Over the days of this journey, a kind of energetic serenity has set in. Something happens with the mixture of space and time. I feel a sense of story. Others have told me you can feel it in your brush, and I do now. A family of mergansers swims close by -- the young are almost ready to fly south. Perhaps you have felt it too -- it has something to do with purity." (Robert Genn, on the Mackenzie River, 2000)

Esoterica: Dad's dream has been to reach artists of all stripes -- individuals with a common joy, journeying in this life-enhancing, inexplicable affair of the heart. He wrote, "We have no other motivation than to give creative people an opportunity to share ideas and possibly broaden their capabilities -- to get more joy and understanding from their own unique processes." With this dream in mind, please forward this letter, or letter of your choice, to someone you think might find it of value. If one, or many, chooses to subscribe, we will exponentially widen -- as a diverse and generous community of worldwide artists. "To float like a cloud you have to go to the trouble of becoming one." (Robert Genn)

“Work is love made visible.” (Kahlil Gibran)  Robert at Lake O’Hara, Yoho, Canada, 2008
“Work is love made visible.” (Kahlil Gibran)

Robert at Lake O’Hara, Yoho, Canada, 2008
"Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event." (Robert Genn)

"We live our short spans in the vortex of a miracle, and while we may not be the center of that vortex, it is magic to be anywhere in there." (Robert Genn)

"Love me truly!
Remember my constancy.
With all my heart
and all my mind
I am with you
even when far away." (Anonymous text, Carmina Burana )






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