This painting was inspired by a painting my friend Holly has in her living room. It is of a young girl in the 'Gibson girl' era that Holly said was her grandmother, painted by her artist ancestor. I thought it would be nice for a descendant of Linneas', way off in the future, to be able to point to a painting and say 'that is my grandmother'.
I felt I needed to do this since my friend, John Massey, is working on a great 'Say No to Gun Violence' sculpture and that made me think I should try to make a statement on the theme. The message here is that good will prevail and that guns belong to the dark side. The model for the girl is my six year old granddaughter, in some ways representing the Newtown victims.
When Julia and I were looking at the Mary Cassatt painting in the book below she insisted that the subjects were a big sister and a little sister. That gave me the idea of dressing Julia and Willow in white and recreating the painting. I tried to get some feet in the painting but Willow was not into fully cooperating.