(24 May 1947 – 4 April 2021)
Last summer Anado (art name: Anado McLauchlin) wrote his life story – with a rap poem – for our section Profiles,
from where his early photos above are taken. It will give a better bio than what anyone could put together now. At the same time a series of photographs of his home in Mexico, Casa de las Ranas, was published. More art on his website: madebyanado.com and about the Chapel of Jimmy Ray: chapelofjimmyray.com – peopleareculture.com
I first met Anado riding the bus to Antelope before the Ranch had phones. He worked in Zorba the Buddha and I in the purchasing trailer. He connected with everyone on the bus and teased and cajoled his ways into all our hearts.
Some years after the Ranch we ended up being roommates in Sausalito, California. I remember giving him the book The Artist’s Way which he loved and thanked me for it so many times over the years. It inspired him to recommence with his artistic endeavors. He started making necklaces in a room under the house and I am the proud owner of one of his first creations.
Anado was colorful even back then but his colorfulness was more in how he touched our hearts, made us laugh and feel seen, and special.
When he met Richard I was so happy that he had found a true partner. They then moved to San Miguel in Mexico and it was fabulous to see the transformation of a cement block of a house into a magical feast of color and mythical display.
He always stayed in touch and would often call just to say he loved me. I will miss those calls so much. We fought like siblings too as we both have our share of fire, but he always made sure that we made up and confirm our undying love for each other.
I will miss you, dear Anado, my brother, my friend, and wish you godspeed on your journey into the mystery.
- Swimming on my own – Anado writes about his life and art – imbibing Osho and then swimming on his own
- Casa de las Ranas – Anado shows us around his beautifully decorated home, the House of the Frogs, in Mexico
Above photo selection thanks to Sudheer
You can leave a message / tribute / anecdote using our contact form or writing directly to firstname.lastname@example.org (pls add ‘Anado’ in the subject field).
Three years ago Anado came to visit me in Tuscany together with his partner. It was so touching and beautiful to see my colorful friend again and to again share and connect in our hearts.
We have been friends for so many years; the Ranch, then San Francisco after the five of us had left the Ranch and rented a house together – and then Pune again.
Such a wonderful soul, very supportive, very clever and with a never-ending humorous way of seeing things and himself. I never felt him ever being hard on anyone.
Fly high, beloved friend. You are in my heart,
Thank you to my beloved friend Pritama for her beautiful tribute to a man very very loved and loving. I didn’t know about his website but can’t wait to go and see – even in the title, The Chapel of Jimmy Ray and House of Frogs. I know I will get to enjoy again his incredible sense of humor, and creativity way out of the box. We were bus drivers together. I only heard two years ago through a client from there that he was actually in San Miguel – we sent each other a hi and I was planning to make it there – life had other plans… I love you, Anado, thank you for gracing us all with your gifts, your love. Beloved – Enjoy your flight!