I was drawn to Brenda’s sparkling, beautiful eyes. I felt such sadness at the extinguishing of such a vibrant and loving woman. At the end she was enjoying dancing with her son, but managed to protect him so that he survived the shooting. She had beaten cancer – twice, but continued to be optimistic and filled with enormous love for her family and friends. I came to be aware of the continuing outpouring of love for her. I read about her morning Facebook posts, mostly optimistic and uplifting, that inspired so many and affected me deeply:
“Hardships make us strong. Problems give birth to wisdom. Sorrows cultivate compassion. Those who have suffered the most know the trials and tribulations of life and still seem to smile. Good morning.”
“People say you do not know what you have got till it is gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you would lose it.”
An Atlanta artist, known for portraits of people and pets as well as still lifes, my paintings walk a line between representation and abstraction. My ultimate goal — through the juxtaposition of vibrant colors, the mix of lines and shapes — is to create paintings that portray energy and movement.