This is moi touching base with you all.
The sadness that overwhelms us at the loss of a loved one cannot be understood nor explained unless you have gone through that pain.
To say that one understands if one hasn’t experienced it is simply rude and ill-mannered.
That said you can have empathy and feel for the person but you will not have the feeling… So put those words out of your head until you have lost someone you love, for then and only then will you know this pain.
At my age we are expected to feel loss, after all we are up in that age where one somehow anticipates that it is coming, but, when someone so young as the lovely Claire Naber-Matalqa is taken from us, and in the way she departed it makes one question life, its fairness and the existence of divine beings, one hopes that they do, and with that small hope one dreams that all our loved ones taken from us are in a “Better place”.
Claire was a shning beacon of positivity for all who knew her, she was smiling and she had a wicked sense of humour, I really got to know Claire on the set of Captain Abu Raed where I got the instructions there is a special person dear to me coming and I want you to take extra care of her (Yes Amin, I do remember). Our paths crossed every so often and we always had a good laugh whenever it did.
My insight into Claire’s personality also came from the fact that as make-up artists we usually delve into peoples psyche and we garner things not a lot of people see, or are fortunate to experience, we see poeple at their worst and at their best, at their most nervous and most serene, and Claire was one of those who was so serene. An oasis of calm, and positivity.
I made a couple of art pieces in her honour, these are my visions of Claire the inner secret Claire and who I saw maturing into a calm , and collected supremely elegant lady with a twinkle in her eye. SInce this oppurtunity was stolen from us, I have spent the last few days working on ssome pieces to show different facettes of her.
My Art is not candy-floss art it is a gritty sometimes dark place, but in Claire’s case as Amin said, she would have gotten a kick out my portrayal of her as a cool, sultry, mischievious woman.
These are for you Claire and of course for you Amin. I hope you like them.
Some might say it doesn’t look like her or resemble her, I have this to say it does in how I saw her, it’s no how others saw her but how I did, the artistic interpretation for I am not a camera (except the kind that looks deep into your sould and fishes things that most cannot see).
I was inspired to do the artworks in the various styles of portraiture.
Done with love and a few tears…..