Memorial pieces are bittersweet for me because obviously, a loved one is gone, but in painting it I also have the pleasure of keeping that person in my heart and thoughts while trying to capture their spirit. My cousin was sweet and brought so much joy to her friends and family. She suffered through many physical issues during her short life and but I know she is out there in the universe smiling and happy. I painted this for her mother because no one suffer’s loss more than a parent losing a child. I have been working with iridescent paints, and the effect is muted in the scan, but hopefully captures her joyful spirit.