“Everybody should be so lucky,” he said.
Gibbons said he learned a lot himself through the partnership with Shannon.
“He never came to my studio and never accomplished anything,” Gibbons said. “He also taught me as I taught him. I learned when to be quiet and when to talk. Talking is not always necessary.”
Gibbons thanked Shannon for allowing him to be part of his world and making him feel welcome. They both learned a lot in the process.
“I had to pay close attention to how you were feeling,” Gibbons told his student. “You let me into your world and got more accomplished that way.”
Shannon’s mother, Stacey, said having her son team up with Gibbons was the perfect fit. The art lessons will continue.
“It’s a big positive for him,” she said. “He looks forward to going.”