October 10, 2009
“Thinking of Rita”
- Colored pencil on illustration board
My CA sister-in-law, Rita, died in August of 2008. A few months before I’d sent her this drawing, which she called to tell me she loved. She liked the wind blowing through her hair, beautiful hair that chemo had made disappear. She was a California blonde beauty who loved water and swimming with ocean animals. A lover of life, I depicted her as Botticelli had his Venus, while daylight moves into night, and the stars are echoed in her dress. (sigh)………she is missed.