Ilona Royce Smithkin, Poor Richard’s Landing

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I took this shot of Ilona when I went to visit her in Provincetown a few weeks ago. Ilona made her polka dot skirt from an old bathrobe, her necklace is a vizor flipped upside down, and she customized her shoes by painting intricate patterns and swirls in silver and blue paint. At 97, Ilona also continues  to swim and paint everyday. Lately she has been busy with signings for her magical book of wisdom and poetry. If you haven’t already checked it out you can find copies HERE.

  • Linda

    It is always such a delight to see pictures of Ilona. What a spirited, joyful woman. She is like a breath of fresh air.

  • Russell Brauer

    illona is one of my heroes. she has a special pew in the church of my heart!!

  • ilona meanqueen

    I want to be like ilona when I grow up. She is lovely.

  • Liz McGarry

    I love Ilona…such exuberance, such flare, such eyelashes!