My father-in-law has Alzheimer's. He's had it for quite a few years already and it is very possible he is in the later stages of this terrible disease. He came from a family of six children. All but one of them has been afflicted with with this disease. What I think is this possibly could mean my husband and my children could be at a greater risk for contracting this disease.
From all the research I have done I believe these photos of mine will help me paint and represent what happens in the brain of a Alzheimer's patient. As the disease progresses the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function.
What are these photos and have they degenerated. Were they beautiful at one time just like my father-in-law. He still is valued and beautiful despite the disease and we need to see that same beauty in all creation. Stay tuned to this blog as I attempt to paint and support the fight for this disease. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please email me or leave a comment below.
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My art often begins with a single photograph, a reflection of my eye—an eye that is deeply attracted to the texture, pattern, and shape found in nature. Whether it is the intricate pattern on the bark of a tree, the gentle curve of a woman’s breast, or the smooth, shiny shapes of pebbles along the shores of Lake Superior, I seek to display the wonder of creation in its purest form.
From a single photograph, a single vision or impression, my art charts its own course. From photograph to canvas to sculpture, my hands become dirty, my fingernails caked with the mediums of art, and my heart becomes filled with joy as each piece blossoms, quite organically, into what it was meant to be.
I hope to help those who view my art to feel connected to nature. Perhaps it is not always obvious. But, quite possibly, the viewer will see in a new way and will feel a new appreciation for the organic elements around us.