36 x 36
Oil on Canvas
My last post showed a portion of this painting...here is the entire piece. Her name is Maria...here is a bit of her story:
In 1992, Maria married her college sweetheart LT Greg Bowie. However, it was more than 10 years later before they resided in one place –together and permanently. During early marriage, LT Bowie was assigned to the USS Nimitz and in 1994-5 the ship served as the test platform for a “new thing” called e-mail. Writing brief messages, just a couple lines long, families and friends were able to communicate for the first time with a surface ship at sea in a matter of hours, instead of days, weeks or months. Despite the huge leap in technology and convenience, they continue today to add to their families’ history of handwritten letters and cards, like the generation before. They live with their son, Gunnar, in Arlington, Virginia where black ink and crisp stationery are in good supply.
When Maria first told me she was able to email her husband...among the first to do so...I just assumed that she wrote a newsy, lengthy note telling him of her daily happenings. I didn't realize that it would be just a couple of lines. It makes me feel so fortunate to be able to communicate at length whenever I want.
I still like handwritten notes and do write especially thank you notes. I don't write as often as I would like...but whenever I get a personal note I feel special and make a new resolve to write more often.