I believe it was late 1999 when William(19) and an Englishman, George, came over to my table and started a conversation. William and I became fast friends and remain so until today. What cinched it was that I didn’t show up at Ruta for a couple of days and he called to see if I was okay. He is an intelligent, thoughtful, talented writer. I have painted William more than any other person. He would sit and write while I would paint.