This encaustic piece is titled "Lost". "Lost" has many connotations in life and in this work. This time of year I often reflect back on folks who have been part of my life and have passed away, now existing only in memories. I hope this piece honors one very long and cherished friendship that was cut short by cancer. My friend for about 48 years, Lucille died in December 2001. Lucille and Carol are in this work as 8 year old girls standing in front of 190 Main, almost lost in the trees. Her death seems like just yesterday in so many ways and an eternity in others. I realize that there are not very many people that we share so much history with and who were always there for you. Not many people have traveled on the path through our lives and shared our most intimate dreams, hopes, secrets and pain. This is a loss that everyone does experience but we sometimes do not realize the enormity of it until much later. Maybe that is nature's way of protecting us, offering us a way to endure. "Lost" has been accepted into a juried art show in Mt. Dora, Florida called Big Bad Wax. It will be on the UPS truck very soon. The art will be gone but the memories will always be close by.