I met Ray Tesi on Instagram of all places. At the time, my Instagram account, on which I was posting images of my Spock art, was anonymous. He sent me a message that simply read, “Where are you?” I’d like to say it was the strangest message I’d gotten to date on Instagram, but it was not. A stranger one yet read, “Who are you?”… and that message had come from an old friend of Leonard Nimoy’s.
It was such a meaningful gift, made even more so by the inscription. And as I read Leonard Nimoy’s story within, I was reminded, in a very real way of the journey that I myself am on. Like Leonard’s, my journey is one that is motivated by a deep love – his was the love of acting, mine is of the love of painting, coupled with the philosophical drive to be a noble human being. Neither of us were in pursuit of a specific outcomes on our journey, and as such could not have predicted how they would unfold.
Mark Lenard’s character, Sarek, of Star Trek, the Original Series and beyond, is the subject of my latest painting. He holds more nobility for me than many see, and here is why.
I was born in 1976 and by this time, Star Trek, The Original Series had already completed its three season run by several years. The strength of Trek-love it had left in its wake, however, had also by now brought about reruns, a cartoon series, and...