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Patricia by ChristopherStevens Patricia by ChristopherStevens
On June 13th, my mom Patricia Ann Stevens lost her battle with cancer at the age of 61. Its had a profound effect on me already. We were as close as a mom and son can be I think. Always have been. She wasn't just a wonderful mother..she was my most trusted friend. I don't know if I'll ever fully believe that she's gone. It's been devastating. I spent almost every waking moment of her last month in the hospital with her. It's a terrible thing to watch someone you love so much slowly die. It's a helpless feeling. When she finally did pass, it was something I hated to hear and something I was relieved to hear. Her struggle was over at last. Now, I'm just trying to pick up the pieces. It's been as difficult to do as I imagined it would be. The last thing on my mind is my work these days. As much as I want to create, my hearts just not in it yet. I require peace of mind when I create and my mind hasnt had any peace in months now. This is the only thing I've managed to do so far. I did it for her, so I hope she likes it.

Please forgive the tone of this. It's an honest note on how I'm feeling and what I felt while working on this piece. I hope I can be back to doing what I love soon and have new stuff to share eventually. It will just take some time.

Oils on masonite
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Wren12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Artist
i'm very sorry for your loss 
Anothen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome...I've had this pic as my desktop for months now, figure I'd at least leave a comment letting you how awesome it is...its pretty awesome
AVastExistence Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous.  I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing.  I can only guess at the grief and sense of loss that accompanies such a tragedy, and I wouldn't wish even my incomplete idea of such a feeling on anyone.  Obviously I didn't know your mother, but I can't imagine any person that wouldn't be deeply touched by being represented so beautifully.  I truly hope this past year has been one of healing.  Obviously you're still creating and I am among many that are thankful for that. 
ChristopherStevens Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I appreciate that. Thank you.
AVastExistence Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You bet.  Stay strong brother.
Michael-Ellis Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful piece and a wonderful tribute to your mother. Sorry for your loss.
Rugely Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is stunning! We extend our deepest condolences on your loss, and highest regard for your work as one of the most amazing artists we have encountered.
warvair Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
kgreene Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Hang in there. Chris. I know how difficult it is. But eventually, as time goes by, the world seems just a little bit brighter. Love this piece and your note.
Artmonger1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
so sorry for your loss bro!
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