The walk we took after the funeral


         The series, "The walk we took after the funeral," depicts a gathering of my family in a place that my mother loved.
         It was bitter cold as we wandered along the creek, thinking of her and each other.  The images from that day
         stayed with me and years later, I began the paintings.  I put in the family walking in the winter landscape, but couldn't
         find the right way to put in my mother.  I left the painting unfinished, until on a trip to Europe, I visited Notre Dame in
         Paris and over the doorway saw a relief of the death of Mary.  I remembered all the Early Renaissance paintings of
         the death of an important person with people crowded around in a small room.  This was how I painted it.

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