Not too long ago I was stressed out designer and mother of 1 month old twins when I received a call that forever changed me. I was standing in front of my babies as I answered the phone and remember hearing the words cancer and the next thought will they ever know me…
Thankfully I am healed of cancer but it really never leaves my mind. I like millions of survivors carry those painful fears of someday being stripped away of the loved ones we love.
I spent 5 years after that surviving in a busy hectic life. Trying to stay at the top of a career as a creative director of an advertising agency, raise 2 busy active twins, teach exercise classes and in the seconds left find time for my husband…. who was my high school sweetheart.
In order to cope, the only way I knew how, I packed up my easel far away out of sight, there was no time, only survive.
In August of 2014 I broke. I quit my job, quit teaching workout classes and unpacked my easel. In the back of my head I knew that my greatest goal that next year was to paint my children’s portrait. So they would always know me and my love for them.
Because I’d felt the fear of death, and so fearful of this precious time slipping by in my children’s life, that I knew there was no more important time than to celebrate the now and preserve it.
So I discovered my mission was to help other parents express their love, celebrate their child’s uniqueness and preserve that emotion for generations.
And I’ve fulfilled this mission by helping parents express their love and their child’s uniqueness through painting and documenting this “Legacy Of Love Portrait” that will preserve this precious time forever.