This is an email I received asking permission to use this picture of one of my pieces for a poster and playbill for a play created by women in prison in Australia. The women themselves were responsible for the play's content and the acting which focused on where they came from and where they were headed as they faced release. I gave my permission for this, a project to help support and empower women to take responsibility, to hope, and to work for change. This is also in honor of someone who has hit bottom, who has wanted to give up but didn't, who has created change out of the deepest pain, and whom I respect so much. She knows who she is.
I've always been drawn to madonna and mother and child images. I finished a small piece that I was only able to work on in tiny bits and increments over several months. I wasn't sure how she would turn out with the wild, crazy energy I've had as I worked on her....However, here she is:
I knew it had been a long time since I posted....but September? My life turned upside down and I've been trying to stay afloat. I'm slowly getting back on my feet. I'd been in private practice as a therapist for fourteen years with a very close friend. And I found out that for the past few years she misused and lied about money, taxes, etc. The betrayal hit me like a mountain fell on me! It's taken a long time to work my way through this emotionally and financially. The business is closed, the corporation is being dissolved, taxes are paid, and I have a new job working at a behavioral health business. There's still a lot to do, but I found myself able to take a normal breath this weekend. Perhaps I'll even sew again?