June 18, 2012

Remembering Susu

"...the people who you meet in your life, who cross your path, the ones who are decent, should be collected.” - Susan Tyrrell

Around 1998, a couple of months after I graduated college, I began living on my own with a new job. A brand new, scary life.

In the past, I had always written fan letters to my favorite performers and at some point I got a hold of Susan Tyrrell’s address. One bored night, I tore one of the postcards out of my Andy Warhol Postcard book and sent it to her – something short and to the point. I was a big fan, I loved her in all the movies I'd seen, Forbidden Zone was my favorite! I threw it in the mailbox and didn’t really think anything of it. Imagine my surprise when I received this response shortly after:


So I kept on writing and I kept getting cards back in return! I would send her my artwork and she would write back with wonderful (and often naughty) letters and eventually sent her phone number. We talked and corresponded for years after that. I talked to her at every single apartment and home I lived in – I always knew she was there and that I could dash off a letter (or much later, an email) and would get a typical oddball response but one always filled with love and support. Our phone conversations were great. Casual and a lot of laughs. We talked a lot about animals.

I finally got to visit her in person around 2008 in Pasadena and it was amazing to finally meet her in person and hug her and spend time face to face. It was fun to explore her home and see all of her great artwork and knick knacks.

Unfortunately, the last time I spoke with her was a couple of years ago, the day before she had an art showing in her new home of Austin, Texas. I wish I had gotten to talk to her one more time.

I don’t know what else to say, really – I feel like it’s the end of an era. A kid writing to a performer that he really liked and actually getting the opportunity to build a relationship and a friendship with that person. I never experienced anything like that before (and haven't experienced anything like it since). She was always such a presence in my life and I will never forget her.


June 8, 2012

Dawn Davenport and Pamela Voorhees: Two Mothers


Quick drawing I did of Dawn Davenport (Divine) and Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) having a drink together.

June 7, 2012

Pamela


I've never tried to draw Pamela Voorhees before so thought I would give it a shot.