Christmas is the time of the year that highlights how we should always be as humans — caring, loving, and appreciative of our fellow humans. It is a time to give to those who are most in need of extra love and support. This year I was asked by a hospice nurse in Portland, Oregon to create and donate a special piece of art that would depict Portland at Christmas and could be auctioned at their annual Providence Festival of Trees Gala, along with some of my Christmas pieces from Balsam Hill, to raise money for the wonderful work done at Camp Erin, the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Camp Erin was started by Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer and is held annually in Portland, along with other cities throughout the United States. There is even one right here in New York!
It humbles me to think that my art can be used to help celebrate the work and service done at Camp Erin, and have had the first-hand experience with hospice service, I hope this can bring a little joy while passing that same spirit of the season forward.