The other day I was feeling depressed over a variety of things, including money, politics, death, etc. Then I thought about Jonathan, and what he’s been through. He’s 85, 16 years older than me, and he just lost his wife, Eileen, after 55 years of marriage. He’s also bi-polar and has a host of physical problems. Despite those obstacles, he remains cheerful and functions at an extraordinarily high creative level. His new drawings and paintings are wonderful. Just thinking about Jonathan’s ability to overcome adversity and create inspiring art dispelled my gloom and put me in a better mood.
If you’ve been inspired by Jonathan Winters, I would be delighted to hear about it.
-Jim Pasternak, Director