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Connie

I am Michael Craven's older brother.

It appears I created an account on your site soon after my brother's passing, but today, my youngest granddaughter asked to see his picture online as she was to young to remember him and it's her way to "connect" to him to her memory. When I brought it up in a search, I saw your comment to members of your art community announcing his death and thought I'd just be sure to thank you for the mention and tell you that you were spot-on about his fastidous devotion to his art.

On June 19th, he would have marked his 60th birthday, and we still miss him. As his sole surviving family member, I wasn't ready to part with his collection at the time of his death by liquidating them through private or an estate sale so I brought them back with me to Florida. He had been preparing for another "road-trip" of art shows so he had prepared a large stock and even packed his trailer and RV. Hard to imagine he isn't still out there on the circuit he loved so much where his great delight was associating with his peers.

I miss his calls to relate his latest travels to shows and the overall experience.

I still have no real idea as to what I will eventually do with his collection although a number of his fans from his loyal customer base still ask to buy additional signed originals from the collection. I'm pleased his prints are timeless and still hold up well.

So, thanks to your members who knew him well and remember his unique art-style.

Sonny Craven

Michael died way too young. I'm posting this here because this is a community site. Michael was a member of this community and he was mourned by many at his untimely passing. I did a "search" for his name on AFI and came up with many moving tributes. I know you join me in not only honoring him but in honoring the creative spirit that makes life worth living for so many of us.

If you search for "obituary" of "In Memoriam" in the discussions on this site you'll find the names of many people who have enriched our business and our lives.

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Comment by Joel Lockridge on June 13, 2016 at 12:27pm

Beautiful. Too many of my artist friends have gone.

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