Today I would like to dedicate this post to my mom who passed away seven years ago.They say that time is a great healer. I am not sure. I don't miss her any less but I guess I have got used to not having her around...although...I believe that there are times that she is very close and has assumed a role of our guardian angel.Mom was a wonderfully talented lady. She was a great cook, a marvellous dancer, and had a wicked sense of humour. She was artistic and could knit, crochet and hook rugs, but rug hooking became her passion. She loved times spent at Trent University where she honed her skills and kept her friends in stitches.Diabetes altered the course of her life but I cannot EVER remember her complaining about her twice daily needles, nor did she ask her family to deny ourselves those things that she could not eat. She was an example of strength and courage.Several years ago the Art Gallery of Ontario called for entries of 4x6 portraits to be included in their display entitled "In Your Face." All entries would be archived and kept as property of the AGO after being displayed for several weeks. I jumped at the chance to do a portrait of my mom as I wanted her image to live on. I wanted her presence here to be remembered and recorded and noticed. I struggled with what medium I should use and the answer became simple. I would use the medium she most loved....wool strips hooked into burlap....rughooking.So mom...one more time... Thank you for the inspiration and the example. I love you.
Lorna Lorraine Allison