With more than a week to go until his debut US art exhibition, Matt Doust had finished his paintings.
That was unusual for the renowned artist, who by all accounts was rarely on time and worked on his art up until the last minute.
But for his most important show yet, Doust was ready.
He didn't know it, but his father John was preparing to fly from Perth to Los Angeles to be at the launch.
But on August 28, Mr Doust received the devastating news that his son, an epileptic, had died after a seizure, aged just 29.
The show went on without its enigmatic, talented star but Doust's family and his many American friends were there to celebrate his life and his art.
On the eve of the opening, Mr Doust went to LA's Thinkspace Gallery to see the finished product and was "blown away".
"I just walked around and shed a tear over a few of the paintings," he said. "They were beautiful, incredible. He was so talented.
"It's sad because he was getting better and better."
Mr Doust said his son, a 2011 Archibald Prize finalist with his first entry, saw the world differently and crammed a "whole lifetime into his 29 years".
The Perth Hills-raised, self-taught painter had embraced LA and had a loyal following, with actors Jim Carrey and Mickey Rourke among his fans.
He was living a hectic but happy life alongside fellow artists, musicians and actors, as his dad found while visiting him in June.
"I realised when I was over there just how respected and loved he was," Mr Doust said.
"I've never heard anybody say a bad word about him."
During that final visit in June, Mr Doust spent time watching his son paint. It's a memory that, along with Doust's precious paintings, will remain with him for ever.
"He was sitting outside painting, talking on the phone, shirt off, music blaring," Mr Doust said. "Matt didn't just dream, he was living his dream."A Matt Doust memorial exhibition is at Venn Gallery this week