"Lean in Towards the Light"
"Lean In Towards The Light"
oil pencil, watercolor, and pastel.
2016

This is the latest production (finished about an hour ago). It was commissioned by a Sewanee alumnus/former client (I drew him and his entire family years ago).

Suffice it to say that I heard of the circumstances (the daughter has been and will be gravely ill), and I said that I couldn't possibly charge for this one. I assume that it will be a gift to the mother in the picture. I've never met either.....nor have I ever faced such sadness/loss in my own life. At the time (about a month ago), all I thought, looking at the originating photograph, was "I have to get rid of all the hospital paraphernalia, and I have to get this mother and daughter OUT of that hospital room....". Silly, perhaps, of me to think that...but true.....

I've rarely taken a portrait so seriously (so to speak), and I hope that I've done something-good in this small portrait, which I'll be mailing off South tomorrow.

The title is taken from a very fine song by Carrie Newcomer...perhaps my favorite song by my favrotie singer/songwriter. Go to (and you'll understand why I chose this title):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxAUmNjWaIs