I did this painting in response to photos by Livija.  Three roses in a clear vase, the blue cloth below dripping off the table edge.  The end of day light pours in and shows against the blue grey wall.  The man roses are painted as if they are meaty and dense.  

The painting captures some of the loneliness and despair evident in the photographs of Livija.  Livija was a friendless person shunned by her family.

On view at Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo Street, 5th floor, Milwaukee Wi.  414-870-9930,  until April 14, 2012.