Rebecca in a purple coat, acrylic on gessoed paper, 18 by 22 inches, 2021

Here is the finished painting entitled “Rebecca in a purple coat.” The painting depicts of one of my foremothers, Rebecca Rosenfield, nee Kaplan. She was my maternal grandmother who died before I was born. So I only know about her personality and life from stories and photographs. While painting, I looked closely at the details in the black and white photo. As I engaged with her image, I imagined Rebecca’s energy and spirit. Here she was, stopping briefly to have this photo taken, dressed to the nines, and no doubt ready for a special evening with friends. All stories I’ve heard about Rebecca talk about her sparkly presence and joy for life. My mother has her positivity and optimism and I like to think it is also in me and my two sisters as well.