I have been working on this painting for months, and today, it is finally finished. I do not have a sister, and recently I have been missing this particular familial relationship. I have, however, formed strong bonds with several individuals over the years, and this painting represents finding your ‘sister’. Throughout life, we connect with others, and sometimes that connection is magical and instantaneous. This painting celebrates the bonds I’ve forged with others during the major transformations of my life. Going to college, moving to another country, starting a new job, becoming a nurse: at each stage, I have met women who have supported and helped me adjust to my new normal. As an oncology nurse, I know that I am the ‘sister’ who helps newly diagnosed patients navigate chemotherapy and a cancer diagnosis.
The protea flowers floating at the bottom of this painting represent transformation. This has been my most transformative year. I have grown more as an artist at the ripe old age of 45 than I have at any year prior. Now that my sons are teenagers, I finally have time to resume this passion I have had for as long as I can remember. Becoming a nurse helped me realize that time is finite, and we have to do what we love NOW.
I hope I continue to find new ‘sisters’ on this life journey. This painting is acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″.