This is the painting that made me feel like an artist again after all these years. It is a portrait of my brother Eric, who passed away the week before Christmas in 2009. The entire year after his death was very difficult for me and I missed him so much. As the anniversary of his death was approaching, I had this strong desire to paint his portrait. My skills had become very rusty over the years, making me so nervous to paint ... so I started with a big prayer and continued to have a prayer in my heart as I painted. I know this made a big difference in the outcome of the painting. It felt like pure joy to paint my brother.
When I look at this painting, I feel that my brother is full of peace.