After a long struggle with emphysema and lately, dementia, my mother died on 6 Nov 2013.

During this time of parting, I found myself unable to draw or even take many photos. The experience seemed too profound to be distracted by creation. The main instinct was simply to be present.

Slowly slowly, I re-enter the world of the living, with an appreciation that seems magnified and vivid.

Monnie Clement Bartlett
5 Oct 1926 — 6 Nov 2013