oil on canvas
This painting of my mother, Olivia
Williams Coulter, had to be completed after her death. As an artist
herself, she constantly criticized it during her life. I started it from
life but took a photo to work from. When I started it, she was already
on oxygen, due to empysema, and was wearing a canula. She would make comments
like "does my nose really look like that?" One day she wandered
out of her bedroom, holding an old black and white photo of her taken
when she was in her late teens or early twenties and a "beauty queen"
at Northwestern, and handed it to me. "That's what I should look
like," she said with a grin. What a marvelous lady!
September 12, 2002
Copyright c. 2002 by Pam Coulter Blehert. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.