I can not remember what year I first spoke with Gnat at North Lake College. If I had to guess around 2002 or so in the ceramics lab.
At first we barely talked as time went on we became friends. Gnat's spirit of giving rather with his work at the hospital in Irving or at the College. Gnat was always willing to learn new techniques and gain knowledge in art. He was also always willing to share knowledge he had gained over the years rather in life or in the art world.
Gnat is an inspiration not only as an artist but as a human being. I hope to be able to look back one day and say I encouraged or inspired a third of the people that Gnat helped out and inspired through out his life.
I attempted to tell Gnat what he ment to me as mentor and friend via facebook in a private message. I can only hope he knows. He will be missed by friends both near and far. At first i was upset because i could not make the service for him. A friend who worked at the college put things in perspective for me when she said "It's so hard to have to let go of those special people. (He's living on in you, you know - you knew him, loved him, and will carry on his specialness.)
That helped me alot. Gnat will not be forgotten by those who really knew him. Those lives he touched will be better for knowing him, rather through school, college, community service, church or in his private life. If i could tell Gnat just one thing it would be Thank you for your friendship and insight.