As I dig through old photos from season one of Burn Notice, I came across a few photos taken by my friend and co-worker Jacob. They are of a man with unmeasureable artistic talent, Jose Duarte. Jose was a staple in the Miami film and TV business, and it was a great loss to our industry when he passed on August 24, 2008.
Take a moment to see some of the projects that benifited from the touch of Jose’s hand on imdb:
I had the pleasure of working with Jose on many projects, but never really got to know him well. He was always busy in the shop, painting and staying one step ahead of the shooting crew. But the times I was able to stop and talk with Jose, his gentle/loving spirt always lifted my mood and gave me reason to walk away with a piece of his ever present smile.
As I was rushing to post a quick memory on Twitter this morning, I did a Google search and found this website. As I read through the comments, I watched an interesting story unfold. It started with fans of Burn Notice who were curious about a dedication at the end of the show. A few people responded with tidbits of information from the internet, but then the story became personal as family and friends of Jose chimed in and spoke of who the man truly was. Check out the story below, and make sure to read throught the comments:
On Burn Notice, Jose was often painting a sign or piece of set dressing. He set up in a spot near the bathrooms where my path often lead me past him. He never failed to say hello and throw a smile my way. I was always amazed with his work. The following pictures show Jose at work on a mural that was just a piece of background art to lend authenticity to the shooting location. The crew was mesmorized as we watched the art unfold from the master’s hand. Luckily, Jacob had the forsight to document the creation, an that is what I want to share with you. Thank you Jose! You are truly missed.
And below is the final piece, hanging on a wall in the streets of Miami. Well done Jose!