The “Art by Mamma” page is dedicated to showcasing my ninety-year-old mother’s paintings.
I was inspired to introduce paint by number sets to my mother after I attended a Heart Art Retreat in October 2016 hosted by Diane Cunningham. I had never held a paintbrush in my hand before. It was a transforming weekend for me and I couldn’t wait to buy my mom her first paint set. She was recovering from a rough year with some very serious health issues that dramatically impaired her mental capacities. What I did not realize at the time was the possibility that time my mom spent painting could have such a huge positive impact on her cognitively and emotionally.
My mom is now confined to a wheelchair – she is a woman who had always been very active. She was excited to try painting to keep herself busy and a new passion was born. Now, she spends about ten hours every day painting. She can’t always see the numbers or sometimes she doesn’t like the recommended colors, so she does a bit of her own thing, too. The joy in her life from her painting passion is a joy for me, too.
She has given all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren an original painting and she is now excited at the opportunity to offer her one-of-a-kind paintings to others. The idea that others love what she creates is very gratifying to her.
The paintings available will vary from week to week.