Spokane painter Mel McCuddin passes away at the age of 89

Mel McCuddin was a big man, standing at least 6 feet, 2 inches tall, yet by all accounts he never made anyone feel small. Instead, the artist talked softly and carried a big paintbrush, so-to-speak, letting his canvasses say plenty.

Surrounded by artwork and his loving family, McCuddin passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 25 after a brief but rapid decline in health. He was 89.

Throughout his long life, McCuddin created a compelling universe of figures — humans, animals, birds, fish — emerging from glowing backgrounds with titles ranging from humor to irony.

“Top of the Food Chain” for a painting of a shark. “Flag Day” for

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