I believe that it was Andrew Wyeth who said that one can create from love or from hate. It is indeed strong emotional content that makes for a good painting. Creating from passion. For me, anything in between just won't do. In this case, my painting of Jo is a tribute in love for the friendship that has lasted for ever-so-many years. Our families were fast friends. We each had 3 boys who were stair-stepped in ages. We holiday-ed together. We played together. We shared each others' traumas as well as the triumphs in-between. And....we cooked together. Lots of hungry boys. Lots of cooking. Our paths have paralleled throughout the years and created braids of time....with some times away from and some times the returning-towards. But the foundation is always there. Jo is an accomplished woman and a strong woman. We seem to be able to read each others' minds at times....the knowing that that is intuitive and yin. And, so, this portrait is, for me, greater than the sum of its parts. It is a tribute. Merry Christmas, my friend.