I had the great privilege of knowing the wonderful artist and master kite-maker, Tyrus Wong, who died on the eve of the new year2017 at the venerable age of 106. For over 40 years, Tyrus would bring his kites out to fly at Santa Monica Beach.

I fell in love not only with the kites but with Tyrus himself and his many accomplishments that include his paintings that were the inspiration for the new animation when incorporated into Disney's ground-breaking BAMBI; his relentless need to turn everything he touched into a piece of art; and his way of drawing others into his always widening community.

My prints were included in two major exhibitions featuring Tyrus, the first  a Getty PST exhibition and the latter, a traveling retrospective/publication of both his commercial and fine art work, held at the Walt Disney Family Museum, SF & the Museum of Chinese in America  (MOCA/NYC). Following: an exhibition KITES & TYRUS WONG at Malibu City Hall and the pairing of my prints with the important end titles of Pamela Tom's celebrated documentary, TYRUS.

RIP Tyrus 30 December 2016