Goodbye Dear Friend

Istrabraq by Nicola Russell

I hope they never take down the painting of racehorse, Istabraq, at Dublin airport. Every time I see it I think of the person who created it, the very talented, very wonderful Nicola Russell, who died this week. The world has lost an incredible artist and a very special person. I have lost a friend.

I met Nicola at an artists’ retreat. We became immediate friends. We made each other laugh. We connected. Nicola inspired me to set out on the road to self-publishing.

I am so grateful to have had Nicola as a friend. I’m grateful for the fun we had and the inspiration and encouragement she gave so freely. I was so happy to dedicate my novel, All We Have Lost, to her and am grateful that she got to see that. I am greatly comforted by the fact that Nicola will live on in the great work she has left behind.

This really does seem to be a Carpe Diem week.

Rest in peace, hon. x

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