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How would you describe Thomas's artistic perspective?
I want to say what a loss this is, beyond that of a friend and fellow struggling family man, what a loss this is to our community of artists. Thomas had a keen, deciphering eye and a precise associative mode to match. His viewpoint was one of the few I have consistently valued and despite his gentle nature I was always concerned when I showed him something. If he was disappointed in one of my little works...well that would matter. Conversely, when we sifted through his things it was a free and easy exchange, though I often was unable to articulate my complex reactions to what I was seeing in his work. This is not to be compared to his family's longing, or the simple, stunning loss of his personal presence, but all of this is irreplacable now, and I grieve.