Guitta became a part of the Renderosity family in Dec. of 1999 [most of you know Guitta by her Rosity nickname of gebe]. In March of 2002 Guitta joined the Renderosity staff as a moderator of the Vue Forum, spending countless hours online helping others, not only in the Vue Forum, but throughout the Renderosity community. Guitta gave selflessly of her time and talent, and was always there with helpful advice in the form of warm and friendly guidance.
As well as being one of Renderosity's beloved Moderators, Guitta was also a renowned artist, with her images [as well as tutorials] gracing several issues of the Renderosity Magazine. If you are an admirer of her artwork [or, especially if have not had the pleasure to view Guitta's artwork in the past], please take some time to leisurely stroll through her gallery, I know, that even now, it would make her smile: [short cut to gebe's gallery].
From Guitta's Renderosity Bio: "I think I was born as an artist. Since I could hold a pen in my hand, I was always drawing, painting; on paper, on canvas. Later I studied fine art in Paris and became a freelance painter and designer. In discovering computers, I also discovered all these marvelous 2D painting programs and became completely addicted to this kind of creation.
When I first discovered Vue d'Esprit, and I saw the amazing artwork created with it, and since that moment I've never stopped loving it.
Like most artists, Guitta was passionate, not only about her family and artwork, but also about her gardening. So, it did not come to a great surprise to us that on April of 2004, Guitta stepped down from her Moderator position on Renderosity to take some well-deserved time off to work in her garden. Oh, how she loved her flowers.
This October the Renderosity community was devastated by the tragic news that Guitta was diagnosed with cancer. The response from the community was overwhelming, as everyone rallied together to send Guitta cards, letters, and images showing how much we all loved and cared for her. On December 5th, Guitta lost her courageous battle, and although the angels share in our tears, I know they are overjoyed to have Guitta with them; to paint and tend the heavenly gardens.
The one bright light in this gray and mournful day - is the outpouring of love and devotion for Guitta from the Rosity community! The Renderosity staff and community sends our love and prayers out to Guitta's family, may you have peace in knowing how much we loved Guitta and how much she will be missed. I shall especially miss Guitta, as she was not only a fellow Moderator, but one of my dearest friends. We love you Guitta! Dee-Marie and the Renderosity Staff
What an incredibly tragic loss to Guitta's family, friends and to this community. My thoughts and prayers go out to Guitta's family along with the hope that the sweet memories of her will help ease the pain just a little. Bless you Guitta; you shall be deeply missed...
I had the honor of conversing with Guitta on a number of occasions through IM's here at Renderosity and she was always very helpful and uplifting. Several of her works of art have adorned my desktop set for quite some time and I am very saddened that the number of her expressions will grow no longer. I know how deeply loved she has been here by us all and I pray that God will grant peace and comfort to her family and to all who knew her.
Goodby Guitta you will be missed not only as a artist but as a friend. My heart goes out to you her family and to all here that were her friends. I know you are at peace now which helps me get through this time of sorrow but it won't be easy. It seems we lose the ones we love more often around the holidays which makes it so much harder to bear. Goodby sweet lady SndCastie
Being new here I wasn't fortunate enough to know Guitta but it's obvious that she was a wonderful person and her loss is felt very heavily by her friends. I add my condolences to her family and friends and hope that they find comfort in knowing how much she was loved.
It's a shame that I only find these great artists when they pass. I'm not religious, but I was at a funeral recently and the minister said something that comforted the family - It's not her loss, she's gained more than we can imagine, it's her family and friends and the community that have lost.
I will miss her very much. Her strength, generosity, patience and compassion made her an outstanding example of what it meant to be truly human and alive. Her love flowed out from her art, and I am blessed to have known her if only very briefly and fleetingly in her works both as artist and a moderator of this community.
Earlier this year, Guitta honored me by accepting to let me take care of the forum when she stepped down from being a moderator. This was a more difficult task than expected - her work here as a moderator set a very high standard. I am still deeply moved by the inital response to her illness a couple of months ago and by the recent announcement of her passing away. Her presence here as a mentor, an artist and a friend will be missed by anyone interested in her art and in Vue.
Madasatadpole and I are so saddened by her passing. She was a friend, a mentor, a teacher to so many people, always generous and always with a gallic shrug and a sense of humour. We will miss her very much; her talent was really unsurpassed. We offer our deepest sympathies to her husband and all the family, but I hope they know the legacy she leaves - the countless people who enjoy creating and looking at digital artwork from their experiences with her - is a priceless gift she gave us with her spirited personality. Guitta's Garden
Having been a huge fan of Guitta's work over the years its sad to think that she won't be gracing the forums with her wonderful images or helpful advice anymore. In a bittersweet way there is one comfort, where-ever she is now she is in the company of many talented individuals from here who have sadly left us over the years, all of whom are no doubt making it a much brighter place.