Graphite on bristol board, 8″ × 10″. A tonal study for a larger work in oils, of my late mother, as I always remember her—with a beautiful smile, ever on her face.
In remembrance of all mothers who have passed on.
Through the window behind her is the Denmark Lutheran church, located in central Kansas. Her great-grandfather helped build the church back in the late 1800’s. She, and most of my ancestors are buried there, and although the town they founded years ago is gone, this little church still survives and continues to hold Sunday services for the rural folks in the area.