“I began painting in 2011 to fill my winter days after retirement. I really didn’t take it very seriously but enjoyed this creative process tremendously. Around the same time I heard the term, “Vocation of Love”, from a friend. I wrote it on a card and placed it in my daily reading book so I could stored it in my heart daily. I began painting with that vocation in mind.
In February 2018, my granddaughter, Vivian, was diagnosed with DIPG. Over the next 2 years, I watched my daughter and son-in-law live that Vocation of Love to the fullest and I became more and more aware of the power of this calling. They were Vivian’s warriors, carrying her with courage, wisdom, and a determined unending love. They almost immediately began raising money with Defeat DIPG for a cure for all children that might be diagnosed. Our sweet Vivian Rose passed away March 6, 2020, right at the onset of the pandemic.
In the summer of 2021 I realized that I had accumulated over 90 paintings. I had hung several in my home and given many to our children but never thought of selling them. Then I realized that my little collection could be put to use. I have and will continue to donate all of my work including the cost of materials to Vivian’s foundation to help find a cure for DIPG. This has brought even more meaning and purpose to the hobby started 10 years ago and is truly my Vocation of Love.
It is my hope that these painting will bring joy to those who buy them!” – bea