Leigha is 18 years old. She’s in her second year of nursing at our local college.
She’s the one that often feels left out because of her sister’s medical condition.
But Leigha is smart, very independent, loves to laugh out loud, and very mature for her age. When she was just short of turning 14, she decided to move to her grandmother’s – at a distance of 800 km – to get away from the family situation. Although that was very difficult for me as a mother, I realize it was very grand of her to take control of her life like that.
When Leigha was born, she was the most amazing baby. The memories I hold of her, from the moment I first took her into my arms, are very profound and heartwarming. Being as calm as she was, as a little girl, she would fall asleep anywhere, anytime. I would find her sleeping in the middle of the living room, under a table, or in her highchair. Once, I found her on the rocking chair of her bedroom. I took a photograph of the priceless moment and eventually used it to create my first painting. I will never forget the feeling of when I traced her little features on the canvas; it took my breath away. I used Golden heavy body acrylics for this piece and applying the many layers of paint remain fresh in my memory to this day. When I have a hard time finding sleep, I visualize applying the transparency of Alizarin Crimson on Leigha’s dress and that is the last thing I remember.