This is a portrait of my husband’s great aunt, known to everyone as just “Sister”. She was born during the great depression, quit high-school to look after her father until he died, married her first love and suffered through his early death and the loss of both their stillborn son and a daughter who died before her first birthday. She faced more tragedies and hardships that most people could handle, yet like the proper Steel Magnolia, she always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her blue eyes. She often joked that her mother said she had more teeth than brains, because of her smile. She accepted everyone into her home with open arms (and lots of delicious food) and welcomed all of our friends, gay or straight, weird or plain, whatever race or color. We spent many holidays in her river front yard, where she fed the ducks, rabbits and any other stray creature that was lucky enough to wander into her path.
I was very close to her and wanted to honor her strength and positive outlook on life in this portrait.