This recent commission was extra special…
The precious young lady in the middle is Sloan Chambers. Years ago, before I even knew this family, I completed a small painting of Sloan.
At the time, Sloan was in the hospital battling Mast Cell Leukemia. I had never met Sloan, the painting was a gift….another friend, Caroline Simas, had the wonderful idea to fill Sloan’s hospital room with as much color and art and joy as possible.
Fast forward several years….I met Kate Chambers, Sloan’s mother, in Sunday School. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. The Chambers lost Sloan in September of 2011. Their grief was, of course, immeasurable, but their faith was greater than the grief. They knew they were meant to be parents, and have since adopted two beautiful children, Tripp and Lucy. Shortly after meeting Kate, she asked me to begin work on a painting of all 3 of her children. The whole process is best described in Kate’s own words…snapped from Instagram…incredibly humbling.
The painting is now currently hanging in a spot surrounded by art, toys, and love.