- The following paintings chronicle Alzheimer's in my Mother, Evangelina,
her struggles and ultimate consumption from the flames of this terrible disease
- Animals in the Bathroom Oil on Canvas 4' x 5'
While brushing her teeth crocodiles, octopuses and monkeys filled the bathroom.
This was the first sign of a severe mental break from reality.
- Wildfire Oil on Canvas 4' x 5'
After suffering a major stroke in her sleep our Mother returned from a coma,
erased of all recollection of self and of us
- Lost (Oil on Canvas 3' x 4')
The stroke paralyzed the right side of her body leaving her like a puppet with half the strings cut.
- Spoon (Oil on Canvas 3' x 4')
As she lost the ability to eat on her own a "G Tube" was inserted into her stomach.
The tube would allow only months of feeding, everything hinged on her ability to eat from a spoon.
She could not.
- Hands (Oil on Canvas 4' x 3')
There were tender moments, but it was impossible to tell if she recognized us as her children, family or it was more of the warmth of another humans hand.
- Saying Goodbye (Oil on Canvas 3' x 4')
As infection set in organs started to shut down.
We brought our Mother home to die, to say goodbye and pretend that she was back with us only sleeping.
- The Flame is gone. (Oil on Canvas 3' x 4')
My Father held her tightly caressing his face with her cold hand as the final breath left her body and a whisp of flame extinguished.