RIP, Dustin Poche.
world definitely shines far less brightly now that artist Dustin Poche has left his earthly body for
other realms more sparkly and filled with much less pain. He was far, far too young to leave us.
Dustin's work as an artist was the stuff of legend. His artistry inspired us all and lifted our spirits to the greatest heights we never thought possible. From fine art figurative creations, to broad campiness (including his brilliant takes on Joan Crawford, Dolly Parton, Amanda LePore and more) to grande dames, witches, hags, and ghosts, to his exquisite Halloween glam horror (Vampira, Angelica Huston "Morticia" and my personal favorite, Leslie Jordan as "the Little Devil"), his talented fingers wove an irresistible spell from clay, jewelry and antique textiles into astonishingly realistic sculptures and busts full of liveliness and humor, that few others could hope to come close to replicating. Every creation was a true masterpiece. All one had to do was take a look at his art, and you were a fan for life, like I am. Like you are. Like we all will forever be.
I am so thankful to own an original piece of your art, Dustin - I only wish we could have finally met in person, as we'd planned. How can it be that you have disappeared in a puff of glittery mist from our lives? It was only just a few short days ago that we chatted online about your being the Fall 2023 Spotlight Featured Artist of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE. That plan has not changed, you will indeed be on our cover and inside the pages, in a glowing tribute to the genius of your art and the funny, kind, magnetic personality you were in real life.
Rest in glittery, happy, fierce power, Dustin. Your heavenly angel wings are bright and dazzling, like you were here on earth. We love you, and you will never be forgotten.