My mother died of cancer on October 13th, 2017. Even though my dad and sisters are still alive, I felt like we weren't a real family anymore. Then my father remarried after only one year, before I was finished grieving. That made these feelings even stronger. Connecting with things bigger than myself, such as photos of the universe has had a much-needed calming influence on me. Another thing that calms me is when I'm painting. When I get into "the zone", time passes and I'm unaware of any pain or worries, which is why I'm sharing this artwork with you today.