The recent abstract paintings are a reflection of my 12-year-marriage to Walter Smith, my late husband. I read once that grief is better when you begin to remember all the good things about a loved one who has passed away. So I reminded myself of good memories and made abstract paintings about them. For the viewer, they are abstract expressionist paintings. For me, they are reminder of the fun and love of our marriage. Walter Smith was a businessman, a professional actor and a man of integrity and fun. After diagnosis and treatmentof cancer in 2006, it was his intention to life life to the fullest. We had ten years of "stolen time" and our marriagewas filled with great love and joy. Each painting in this show expresses some of the joy we shared in specificlocations or in the humor we saw in today's memes. I use color, shape ad gesture in oil paint to capture the excitement of a life well lived. While I grieve his loss, I celebrate him for all his quirkiness, his passions and his love of life. I will move foward without him, but first, I will look back to my "pirate days" with Walter Smith.