19 January 2015
Lyle Silver proposed my name for membership in the PSG in 2000. My sense of being honored by him was the highlight, for me, of professional recognition. I had been familiar with the group for over 40 years and was aware of the high standing it had in the community. I had known Lyle for some time and like so many others who had painted with him, drank with him and talked with him about art, enjoyed and appreciated his thoughtfulness, humor and sensibility both in art and relationships. I wonder how many artists were mentored by Lyle over the years. He would talk art before and after the many figure drawing groups he had put together. He never was a teacher in a formal setting or manner. His teaching flowed from him with passion, understanding and interest in sharing this passion. Lyle didn’t think of it as mentoring. It was just part of his great spirit.
He was a man who gave much to others and asked little in return. His time as officer of the group exhibited the same intensity that he brought to his painting. Under his leadership and positions on the board his efforts and proposals for making the group stronger and better improved the group.
His integrity and honesty were in both his art and his life. I cherished the past few years in being able to spend more time with him and Lois.