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“After Wayne,” watercolor on layered synthetic paper, 41 x 41.5″

My husband and partner, Wayne, passed away in February.  It has been difficult getting back to work in the studio since then.  The art work was so large a part of our shared life.  I find that color brings up too many memories and only black and white feel appropriate.  This is the first of an intended series of memorial paintings.

Color carries messages and meanings,  suggests references, gives pleasure and sets a mood.  To be without color is a spectacular loss.  On the other hand, it presents a way forward, perhaps the only one for me now, and certainly one I will take.   Even without hue, the painting continues to move silently in its frame, evoking the rhythms and cycles of life, a series of breaths.