Pieta- Michelle and Sawyer
This portrait is most especially for Michelle Tarrant Williams, a tribute the loss of her son Sawyer Erik Williams. However it is also for all the women who have lost a child or miscarried a baby. During October, we remember all babies born sleeping, or whom we have carried but never met, those we have held but could not take home, or the ones that came home but didn't stay.
The virgin heard these words from
her innocent child: "Mother, behold your son."
The virgin saw her son saying: "It is finished,"
and thus the sword pierced her soul.
-Stabat iuxta Christi crucem
10/24/2010 01:22:05 am
Beautiful portrait and superb verse, such strength in the work yet softness with its message, the heaviness of loss has never left me...
10/24/2010 01:26:16 am
Oh kate this is so lovely and so sad.
10/24/2010 07:11:24 am
Kate - you caught the mother's expression beautifully. I see exhaustion and sadness and a grip so firm on her beautiful boy - not wanting to let him go. For me, leaving my beautiful boy's body behind, as I left the hospital, was the beginning of the pain of loss for me. This portrait truly speaks to me, as the short time with my baby after he was born still was one of the most profound experiences of my life.
10/24/2010 08:29:59 am
Morgan, your words are the ones I could not find when my eyes first looked upon Kate's completed work. This moment was captured just after Sawyer took his last breath and before I had to lay him in a tiny, black case before he was taken away from me. What Kate also captured - is the peace found on Sawyer's face. He has entered from this earth into the beauty and grace of God's arms.
10/24/2010 01:06:29 pm
thank you so much...this is absolutely beautiful!! I'd love to purchase this one day.. it reminds me of myself and my son Noah. love you so much!!!
10/29/2010 06:06:53 am
I can't stop crying over this, Kate. It's beautiful and heartbreaking.
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I'm an artist and mother of two in Courtenay, BC. I've completed a project called the "Madonna and Child Project," and I'm now working on a series of roller derby inspired drawings. In my spare time I play roller derby with the Brick House Betties.