This piece I just recently finished is titled “Spirit”. I have a dear friend who is in her final days of stage 4 breast cancer. My mind has constantly been on Kristi for days, weeks, and months thinking about her and her two sons she will be leaving behind. Thinking and praying about her. I wanted to paint a tribute to her spirit. And this is what came to mind. She is a beautiful, hilariously funny, witty, poetic, good Christian woman with a fire in her eyes and a devilish grin perpetually on her face. She is a friend to many people, so many I could probably not even begin to count. She always lights up a room when she walks in. Quick witted and very smart, she is always surrounded by people she admires and loves. She has a wonderful sense of humor and she also has a quiet sensitive side as well. I often read her posts on Facebook as she might be sitting outside having a glass of wine and pondering life and love and all there is in between. She has a beautiful way with words. She would just share her thoughts as if it were a page out of her journal. And Kristi loves the moon. I gave her a painting this past year of a moon with one of her favorite quotes on it. I was devastated when I heard she had cancer. I have lost many friends and a husband to cancer. I do not live in the city she lives in and so I have been thinking of her so often, from a distance. She has been surrounded in prayer and love by her family and friends since she found out that she had cancer.
In this piece titled Spirit, when I think of Kristi, I think of joy and happiness. That is truly who she was. She had tough times and phases of her life where things were not always easy for her; but no matter what, her beautiful, loving and colorful spirit always has shown through. Even in her fierce battle with cancer, her spirit could not be broken. As an acrylic artist, I am drawn to color. Color to me signifies life, joy, happiness, spirit, playfulness, and healing. My heart speaks to healing art. That is what I wanted to portray in this piece. All of that adds up to what I see ….. a rainbow of colors, a picture of beauty, shining brightly. My heart is hurting for her family. But my spirit rejoices with hers! I know that when she transitions to life hereafter, Kristi’s bright smile and beautiful blue eyes will just light Heaven up! I will miss her here but I know that she will be in a more beautiful, eternal place where she can shine brightly. And when the moon comes out at night, I will look up and say “hello my friend”…. her spirit will never leave us!