LOVED ones, friends and fellow artists were among those who took the time to celebrate the life of contemporary artist Josiliva 'Josie' Crick, who was buried at sea yesterday.
At 56, Mrs Crick had been a prominent figure among the art community in Fiji, and was awarded the order of the knight of the government of France (chevalier de L'order des Arts et des Letters) in 2003.
Those remembering her portrayed her as a person who loved life, nature, art and her country.
"Josie, you taught us through your heart and love for life that no pain we suffer, and no trials that we experience are wasted," said childhood friend Mili Toko.
She said she "painted her dreams" and was an inspiration for Fiji.
Mere Ratunabuabua of the Fiji Arts Council shared a quote from Mrs Crick: "I see art as a tool for nation-building. It has a dynamic role to play as a vehicle for empowerment, as a means to strengthen identity in an ever changing world."
Among her achievements was the Fiji Contemporary Artist of the Year in 1999 and the Contemporary Artist of the Year at the 2000 Pacific Arts Festival.
Mrs Crick passed away last Wednesday after a short illness.
She was married to the late Leonard Crick and is survived by her son Peter Navavia.