When my daughter made plans to be married on the rocky coastline of Nova Scotia, she asked my sister to paint a picture of the site.
We travelled to their special place a few weeks before the wedding, took many photos and gave them to my sister for inspiration.
Rounds of wind whip the rough coastline, sending grand waves crashing, seawater foaming, creating a wild venue for a wedding, even more challenging for painting.
My sister, Wendy is an accomplished artist with work found in Canada and the eastern United States. So, the painting sounds like a simple request, right?
Not so! Wendy suffered a debilitating stroke in 2003, losing the use of her right arm. She has painstakingly re-learned to paint with her left hand.
Just as Wendy is a role model for anyone faced with a physical disability, my daughter is a role model for any woman struggling with painful changes and life-altering decisions.
Because they are both strong women, determined to weather the storms of life with humor and honesty to discover their own happiness, the painting is a link and a blessing between them.
For more information about Wendy Steel, read my blog entry of March 8, 2011. All photos are mine. Words in red will give you additional information, if you click on them.
what a beautiful painting, such a wonderful gift for your daughter! And your sister is amazing for having taught herself to paint with her left hand.
It was truly a gift from the heart. All the more meaningful because Wendy had to struggle so hard to regain her abilities to paint. They are both amazing women!
Wow!! perseverance and determination.
and truly inspirational. an amazing connection.
Yes Gwen, that's true! They are similar in their strength and in their will to make their lives better. Both have amazing stories.
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