50 Years

50 Years

This painting is a tribute to romance that endures, inspired by a photograph I took of my grandparents the year of their 50th wedding anniversary: Grandma and Grandpa are shown beneath portraits made more than 50 years earlier, in the house my Grandpa built, with one of my Grandma's knitted afghans behind them. Visible on the deeply plastered wall behind them are the lines my Grandpa drew with his carpenter’s pencil to align the photos.

Later that summer, I entered the photograph into the first Parade Magazine American Family Photography Contest and received one of 100 national awards.


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