This is where the visual finds its voice...
Most of my work is about inner strength, encouragement and hope. However, there are times that each of us struggle regardless of how hard we try.
Recently, a "Mom" moment hit me hard. It validated everything my child has had to deal with in his life. Along, with the victory of "Yes, I knew it!" there has been anger and sadness. So much could have been avoided if only...
I knew that applying forgiveness and love to my own heart was the only way to overcome the anger and guilt.
In that moment "This Mother's Heart" took shape.
Made of epoxy clay, mixed media and pieces of my own heart. Not available for sale.
Her story is my story.
Each time their heart breaks, yours breaks with them.
The world knocks them down and you pick them up.
A mother of a child who struggles does more than bandage skinned knees and bruised hearts.
She will argue with school administration, beg teachers to understand, arrange play dates with whomever is willing, disagree with doctors and walk away from adversaries who masquerade as friends. All while nurturing and loving a child who is overwhelmed by touch, emotions, and wrought with anger but whose own heart is filled with compassion for others.
This mother becomes softer, gentler but must maintain a steel resolve. Those cursed with "normal" children will never understand how she can gather up the pieces and manage to stitch together joy, love and acceptance.
Others may confuse her child's successes as disappointments but this mother knows how to celebrate even in the midst of pain.
Love for her child is the only thing stronger than...
"This Mother's Heart"