These were painted by Alicia Cohen who wanted to honor her father, an avid gardener who grew delicious tomatoes. Painting was her way of dealing with her dad's illness and a way of staying connected to him as his health declined.
I asked Alicia about what she remembered about the first time you picked up the paint brush after 20 years?This is her answer:
"When I first picked up a brush after twenty years I was both nervous and excited. I had always wanted to paint but never made the time because I was afraid I wouldn't be any good. I had signed up for a drawing class first where I got some experience and a bit of confidence before I even bought a set of oil paints.
I became frustrated initially because I could not get the paint to do what I wanted it to. As I learned to use the medium my confidence grew. There were times periodically where I became frustrated but I soon began to realized that this generally occurred when I was about to make some progress and/or I was thinking about my life rather than focusing on my art.