I am deeply saddened by the news that my subject and friend Nicolas Zamudio, ‘The Oyster Farmer’, died in a car accident. He was 21 years old. I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person and I am honored and blessed meeting and painting the portrait of Nicolas Zamudio. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. May his soul rest in peace. (April 30, 1996 — July 25, 2017)

Photo and painting by © Ingrid C. Lockowandt