EARTHQUAKES LOSE A GREAT LEGEND
16, 2004 - The Earthquakes Hockey Club lost a amazing
player and great friend with the passing of John St. Arno
on October 16th.
John will be greatly missed by all
that knew him. All our love, sympathy, and thoughts are with John's
wonderful partner John.
miss you John.
A PORTRAIT OF JOHN
St. Arno was a big supporter of my art, and in fact, purchased art
I created having to do with growing my in the 1960s during much
racial tension while listening to Motown music. I created a piece
of art with melted Motown records surrounded by flames, and John
just loved it and had to have
it. Coming from Detroit John totally connected to what I was trying
to create and say in the piece. John and his partner, John Hall,
always came to my openings and really took an interest in what I
was doing creatively.
I wanted to thank John for his support so I created a painting of
him in his hockey uniform and helmet. When I do abstract-type portraits,
I try to capture something about the person's features and accent
those features. For example, with the portrait of John, I always
saw John on the ice in his black helmet, black moustache and three-day
hair growth on his face. What I wanted to capture was John's very
rough facial images, while, at the same time, capturing his soft
features, like his eyes, eyebrows and lips. I framed the painting
in two of John's game-used Sherwood Hockey Sticks. When I painted
it, I did it as an appreciation for John, and now, I hope it is
looked at as a telling statement of a very unique individual in
a world full of very ordinary people."
- David Benesh
of John St. Arno's