The inspiration for the word “Joy” I chose for this painting, was my cat Jagger was still missing. He left our house in August of 2014 one day and didn’t show back up. My heart was broken! Two months later, I get a phone call saying that a mother had abandoned her day old kittens and would I mind taking one off of their hands. I gladly said “YES!” In an instant, I went from sadness to joy. We nursed the kitten, whom we named Emmy because of the “M” on her forehead, and took care of her as you would a newborn baby.
I still missed Jagger terribly, yet Emmy brought me great joy, and I wanted to continue to feel that. She grew up watching me paint, and is still mesmerized by it. She will sit on my lap watching for hours.
The scene I chose for this painting is of my truck “Betsey Brown Clementine”, a 1937 Chevy Pickup that is in our front yard. I load Betsey up every spring and summer with flowers, making her the prettiest flower pot you ever did see. Everyday I pull in and see her there, that brings me great joy and happiness.
Well…..through a bizarre series of circumstances, Jagger did find his way home. He was on the opposite side of town, being fed by a friend of mine, who didn’t know it was my cat. So the painting was prophetic to me in a sense, and I am extremely grateful all is well and Joy lives on.