Featured in Abstract Art September 2011
Featured in Painters Universe September 2011
This is one in a series of paintings that were part of my grief therapy after losing my only child to a very violent and senseless crime. Up and until March 4, 2009, my life had been a rough journey but life can be rough for everyone at times. My JOY was my baby boy turned artistic young man, Joshua Douglas Walker Broomfield. I got a call from someone in my mother’s old neighborhood asking if I was alone… when I said, “Yes, what’s up?”, the voice on the other end of the line said, “Josh is dead.”
I thought my LIFE had ended with the final realization that it was not a horrible nightmare… but a cruel reality with which I would have to endure.
Calling this piece “Rough Passage” only scrapes the very surface of the pain I endured in 2009… the pain that still lingers near today. The difference is that the GRACE of GOD has infused me with a LOVE that lingers ever close no matter what… so I create ART. Every day, I create ART. I live it, I breathe it, I commune with it! I realize this disclosure may sound crazy… it is my way of turning tragedy into TRIUMPH.
The series (including this piece) is simply oil (Shiva Paintstixs) on heavyweight muslin.