This is the Madonna and Child that I painted for Noel 2010 and I wanted to share it with you. The inspiration for the painting came from a very old print that my grandmother (Bapchie) had hanging on her bedroom wall for many years. She was widowed and left with nine small children during the days of the Great Depression. They were poor and she must have been very worried. But she was a true believer and I know that she prayed to God for help while looking at the print. Somehow everything seemed to work out for her, my mother, my aunts and uncles. I thought of that while I was doing the painting and how great her faith was. Those of us who believe are so lucky because we know the real reason for the beautiful Christmas season.