In my last year at PAFA I won the Sheidt Traveling Scholarship, which I used to travel and study independently though out the museums of Europe. At the end of my three-month tour I managed to stretch my money out to stay another three months in London. My time was spent either at the theatre or more often coping paintings at the National Gallery, the Tate, Kenwood House, and the Wallace Collection. I was grateful for this opportunity.
I had a tie in my knapsack. Going to any museum I would first go into the bathroom and wash up, then put the tie on out of respect for the great work I was about to see. It was a yellow knit tie, a pin stripe of dawn. I was twenty-five.
Rembrandt’s portrait of Margaretha de Geer is a world treasure. I hope to see it again.