I became aware of Jerald Silva (1936- ) while frequenting Silvan Simone’s gallery in Los Angeles in the 1960s. I was taken by surprise when, decades later we received a job application from Peter Silva, one of Jerald’s three sons. Peter has become a good friend and I have subsequently gotten to know Jerald as well. His large watercolors, applied more like oil paints, are original and masterful. The setting for most of his paintings is indoors or in his studio and much of the work has been portraits and nudes. His wit and creativity always come through and may be most obvious in his paintings like his steamy windows, cartoon still-lifes, and duppy series…they are all alive and timely and have enriched me throughout my life and career.