As I anticipate Irene, I see this painting as an illustration of the quiet before the storm, as children and animals are often the victims of atrocities. What dangers await them, in their vulnerability?
Been working on the other side of Life during wartime. I have been painting this while listening to The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, and the dramatic and sometimes harrowing story have influenced this work. Not finished yet.
I began with the idea of painting a portrait of my family, but decided instead to focus on my sister and myself. However, I wanted to relate our family to the larger world. With the war now, and the ramifications war has had on families throughout the centuries, I wondered how we, as children, would survive during wartime. This was not idle curiosity, as my Father went to England during World War II, as part of the Kindertransport. Growing up with almost no supervision or parenting, I am not sure if I could have been as responsible as he had to be at such a young age.