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An art commission honoring Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy

Now that the news has been shared by the artist, I am excited to share this here: I’ve commissioned from internationally acclaimed fine artist Robert Mars a new original resin-coated painting that honors Star Trek and the late great Leonard Nimoy.

Rob has posted on his Instagram feed photos that document the creation of his work-in-progress. I don’t know yet what title (if any) Rob has given the piece (which is nearing completion).

I’ve loved Star Trek all my life, and my favorite member of the original crew was Spock. I asked Rob to incorporate the famous image of Nimoy in costume leaning against a Buick for two reasons:

First, it’s a damned cool photo.

Second, Rob’s oeuvre is based on nostalgia, 1960s Americana, pop culture, classic cars and signage, and other vintage iconography.

I felt the image of Nimoy/Spock and the Buick would lend itself to a work that would be both unique within Robert Mars’s body of work while also fitting organically into it.

I’ve loved Rob’s work for many years, ever since I met him. It has long been one of my aspirations to own a Robert Mars original, and very soon I will welcome Rob when he comes to install this gorgeous creation in my and Kara’s home.

Live long and prosper, Rob.

The measure of a life: Leonard Nimoy

In his final tweet, posted Monday, February 23, 2015, Leonard Nimoy wrote:

This sentiment brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of Neil Peart’s poignant lyrics to “The Garden,” the final track on the album Clockwork Angels by RUSH​:

“The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn, so easily burned

In the fullness of time,
A garden to nurture and protect
(It’s a measure of a life)

The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
The way you live, the gifts that you give

In the fullness of time,
It’s the only return that you expect

The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between.
Forever dwells in that moment,
Hope is what remains to be seen.”

Now as I listen to this song, I can’t help but think of Leonard Nimoy’s poetic valediction and be moved. He gave generously of his gifts, and he served as an inspiration to more lives than can easily be counted.

If the measure of a life is one of love and respect, Leonard Nimoy’s was off the charts.

Thank you for everything, Leonard. Long may your garden continue to bear fruit.


Today’s Birthdays

Miss Ripley: seventeen & spry!I’d like to take a moment to note three important birthdays today.

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s original Mister Spock, is 78 years old.

My father-in-law, Keith, is a year older (exact age withheld for national security reasons).

And I am thrilled to announce that my beloved cat Ripley is 17 years old.

Happy Birthday, Ripley!