Monday, April 22, 2013

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Clemens

Last week the world lost a brightly burning star in my Aunt Liz.  She was a foundation of joy for my own childhood as well as each and every child she came in contact with throughout her life.  Along with her husband Harry, she lived a life of compassion for the needy and lent her charity to the world around her.

Portrait of Elizabeth Clemens (Inks on Bristol / 2013) 

   Liz suffered a fatal stroke two weeks ago in Michigan.  Due to medical procedures conducted in an attempt to save her life, the family opted to have a closed-casket funeral.  A few days before her service, I took up the task of creating a portrait to show the brilliant love my Aunt radiated.  I wanted everyone to remember her unforgettable smile and perhaps get a faithful glimpse into the wonderful woman we'd all lost.  The portrait was displayed by her casket the entire weekend as family and friends reminisced on all the laughter and love Liz shared with us all.  Her favorite thing in the entire world was hearts which she emblazoned any and everywhere... can you count how many I snuck into the portrait?

Where there is love there is life."  -Mahatma Gandhi

2 comments:

  1. Great job on the picture Brandt. I will miss Liz a lot. It was nice to hear of her generosity and all of the good times others have had with her at her funeral. She will be missed greatly. Hang in there.

    Sam

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    1. It was good seeing you Sam. The service was very nice and shined with the positivism and love which we all adored in Liz. I'll message you soon about getting together!

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