the old couple living next door
They are both in their nineties and it’s rare to see them these days with the pandemic about, though we’ve figured a way around that as every time we go down to the Ballina fish co-op we buy a couple of dozen Sydney rock oysters. It takes a while for John or Rosemary Beeman to get to the front door of their apartment when the buzzer goes, but there’s no hiding their delight when they see what’s waiting for them.
Both the Beemans are artists. They paint every day, John all day. He says and I quote,” I’ll probably be cremated with a paint brush in my hand.”
John was born in 1926 in Manly, so he knows a thing or two about the sea but nothing at all about surfing. Believe me, I’ve tested him and he’s lacking in that respect, but that hasn’t stopped him.
He’s just finished a series of paintings about the noble pursuit and I though you might like to see what the old fellow is capable of.
Then there’s the one on my wall, for the oysters.
His work is available here ..