Oil on canvas, 52 x 72 in.
This image is based on an old photograph
of my mother’s family several years after
they moved from London to New York. My
mother Sara, the baby in the center, is
held by her father in the background
standing next to his wife. Her brother
Jack is on the left in his sailor suit and
on the right her sister Anne is in front of
Kate, who is the oldest child. In the
photo, all their eyes were open, but I
closed the eyes of the parents, Kate, and
Anne because I wanted to show inward
thinking. Jack, who is looking up at the
baby, shows his thoughts are directed to
her, while baby Sara is the only one
staring out at the audience and the
world. Where we look is what we see and
it shapes our thinking.