New work: Margraten
I recently completed a new work titled "Margraten". This encaustic and mixed media painting is dedicated to the Dutch people who, since 1945, have been adopting grave sites of members of the the American military forces who gave their lives in service during World War II. My uncle, George Edward Jones, is one of the "fallen" who is buried there.
Every two years, the "Faces of Margraten" organization and the Dutch grave "adopters" collaberate to hold a beautiful ceremony called "The Faces of Margraten" at the Netherlands American Cemetery near Margraten, Netherlands. I was recently contacted by a volunteer asking if I was related to George Jones, my uncle. I wrote back a resounding "YES!". She was tirelessly contacting family members of servicemen and women buried at Margraten, to see if they could provide a photo and information about the family member buried there. I sent them off promptly, and was even able to contact the "adopter" of my uncle's gravesite by email! I hope to meet this dedicated person in 2020, when I travel to Margraten to attend the next "Faces of Margraten" ceremony. And I am forever indebted to the volunteer in the United states who first contacted me.
The whole experience moved me in so many ways, I created "Margraten" in dedication. It is part of my recent "Genius Loci II" series, which you can view on my "Galleries" pages.