We were off to indulge in some of our favorite gyros at a place in Poros just around the corner from the Hotel Manessi. We were nearing the end of our stay on this special island only an hour by fast ferry from Athens. Time enough for one more gyro dinner before we left.
On this particular evening we had more than good food - we had an art display next to our sidewalk table. And even better, an opportunity to meet the artist who sat sketching, surrounded by his finished pieces.
I was taken by one of his prints, a night scene of Poros, as it looked exactly as the city had the night before under a full moon. I purchased it for 20E and kicked myself for having left the camera in the room as it would have been great to take his photo. "Not to worry," he assured me, "if I am not dead, I will be here tomorrow."
|Me and my artist friend Vasilas Poriotis|
Joel Smith photo, (c) 2010
As we sat at the edge of the busy harbor front road, Poriotis, described himself as a "low-art" self-taught artist whose finely detailed work features buildings and street scenes. We chatted about his work and his life, both of which focus predominately on this Greek island.
As our visit came to an end, we told him that we hoped to return to Poros in the near future and hoped to find him still there. He used his "if I am not dead. . ." phrase again, but this time added:
"I am not focused on the end - I am not afraid of it when it comes. . .it is what you leave behind that matters," and with a sweeping gesture over his work, added, "and I have left something behind. "It is important to leave something behind."