Mis Ángeles 1 & 2 (My Angels)
2018 – oil on panel, 32.25″ x 32.75″
BEAUTY In the midst of uncertainty and fear. My daily post of an image of beauty to counter the currently overwhelming fear narrative.
Mis Ángeles (My Angels) 2018
Today I remember these two paintings I donated to Seton Hospital in central Austin. They were accepted and are installed in a corridor near the hospital’s south entrance. The corridor gets a lot of traffic so the paintings get a lot of attention. I wish I had a picture of the plaque they hung next to them with my dedication, something regarding the gratitude for the care I was given during my 38 day stay in 2015.
The paintings are titled Mis Ángeles 1 and 2 (My Angels) and are my interpretations of angels wings. There is a line in a song that goes “Shall you for me, will I for you, the Angel Be?”. WE are all each others ANGELS. I consider the doctors and nurses who took care of me as well as everyone else who contributed to my recovery to be MY ANGELS. Among them would also be my mother and sisters who visited me 3 times a day, every day during my stay; my mother’s bible study who prayed for me constantly and elicited the prayers of other bible studies across the world; my brother who flew in for the first of what would unknowingly become 5 major surgeries that over the course of a year; and several key friends who lifted my spirits with their visits. I remember my mother and siblings, and surgeon, Dr. Declan Fleming, gathered around me the morning of that first surgery, praying for success in the surgery and my recovery. I have no doubt that the fierce and relentless love and spiritual support I was given, and the physical and healing care from my Seton Hospital team, all contributed to the complete recovery I experience to this day.
Today, in the time of this pandemic, my awe and gratitude to the doctors and nurses in this country is greater than ever—and so the paintings are and will continue to be more relevant than ever.