Artist's description:

My mother had eight children, and now, after nursing my father during his (lost) battle with cancer, has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. There are no words for the depth of my grief, and I have been finding solace in my painting. Her sense of humour and great courage have been inspirational and even in these dark times, I feel as though she still protects us, shielding us from the depth of her despair.

She is unable to walk or talk now, but she loved to garden and her roses are beautiful. I have tried to do them justice in this painting, and have poured the love I have for her into them. While thinking about a title for this painting, I stumbled across this beautiful poem by Debra Rich, My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things,
That gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine,
And encouraged me to dream:
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came,
She protected me enough;
But not too much, she knew I'd need
To stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example,
Always taught me right from wrong;
Markers for my pathway
To last my whole life long.

I am my Mother's garden,
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love,
Reflected back from me.

Materials used:

Oil on Linen

I Am My Mother's Garden (2014)

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  • Oil painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 35.43 × 35.43 × 1.57 in / 35.43 × 35.43 in (actual image size)
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