December 21, 1960 - February 20, 2008

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Jon Whiddon, who passed away on the evening of the lunar eclipse. He was a tremendous source of light in many lives.

Jon inspired us to look at the world with fresh eyes, because he had an eagerness to take it all in. He lived his life with optimism, resourcefulness and enthusiasm that gave him the ability to make the best of any misfortune. Those of us left behind will always wonder what might have been - what smiles and stories and adventures - and of course what beautiful paintings!

On the night of the eclipse an eerie orange glow cloaked our neighborhood. The streets were quiet, but in yards and driveways our neighbors were standing with their faces turned up to the sky. We had been thinking about Jon all day, and we knew he was probably leaving us the same night. We silently watched and waited for the moon to go dark, and then it was over. Just a tiny few moments while the wheels of the universe slowly turned, never to be stopped, or captured, or exactly repeated.

Jon knew that if we want to live this life we have to do it now. This glowing moment, this passing shadow is here for us now. Enjoy it before it slips away, and then enjoy whatever comes after.

We think of Jon’s life this way and we are very fortunate indeed to have witnessed his light before it passed by. We know he would have said, “Look, y’all, this is awesome!”

We have no paintings of Jon's available for sale at this time, but we are leaving here some images for you to enjoy. You can see more of Jon's work on his website: www.jonwhiddon.com
Jon Whiddon
Jon Whiddon began painting in 1999, teaching himself, after moving to rural South Georgia to care for his father. He experimented with paintings of the South Georgia landscape that surrounded him on his family's farm, taking in the big sky and long horizons of pastures and roads. His paintings soon became enchanting expressions of vibrant lines and intense light. Jon moved with his father to the North Georgia mountains in the spring of 2000. With the geographic change came changes in his artwork. Clouds became an important component in his paintings & his father’s organic garden became a favorite subject. Once his father's health improved, Jon set out on a personal quest to see the world and to bring it to life in his paintings. In August 2007, Jon was diagnosed with cancer.
SUNFLOWER
(paint & bottle caps on satellite dish)
Hiawassee, GA
SUMMER LAKE
VALLEY WITH YELLOW SKY
ORANGE DOG
VALLEY FENCE
SUMMER HOPE
FARM ROAD
BLOOMING GREENS
BLUE RIDGE
SNOW SHADOW
LAZIO ROAD
STARGAZING
MOON & MOUNTAINS
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