Martin Pakledinaz was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a very gifted artist. In 1985, he gave me my first job as Hair Designer in the theater. It was the Off-Broadway production of "Surf City;" the Beach Boys' musical at the Entermedia Theatre, directed by Dennis Rosa. Working on that show was insane, but Martin and I had a blast, swimming with silk sharks and surfing our way through the insanity.
Martin and I worked on other projects through the years even after my career shifted to photography. I always enjoyed collaborating with Martin. He was a great, intelligent conversationalist. He had a delightful sense of humor, with just the right dose of wicked. He gave really smart advice. And then there was the majesty in his art.
I feel very lucky. Martin gave me a few sketches through the years, and I will treasure those exceptional works forever. I will never forget our time working together or the time we shared as friends. I am deeply saddened by the news of Martin's death. I loved this special man and I will miss him.
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