The People Time Forgot: Miss Lassie

Gladwyn K. “Lassie” Bush, pictured in this photo taken in the mid-1980s in her home along South Sound road, began painting at the age of 62, after what she describes as a visionary experience. Divine, religious themes are distinct in her works, which she painted on canvas, and the walls, windows and furnishings in her home.

Miss Lassie was awarded a national honor, Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1997, and received the award during the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in Grand Cayman on June 15, 1998. She was also a recipient of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Heritage Award.

Miss Lassie passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 at the age of 89. Her home is now part of the Cayman Cultural Foundation.

This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.