I have begun a new series of paintings with children as the focus. A Girl with Two Red Birds is my first one and I am pleased with her. A few years ago after my parents had passed away, my sister Melissa mentioned to me that whenever she saw a cardinal pair she thought of mom and dad. I liked her thought and since then I’ve noticed that each spring we have a cardinal pair settle in our yard and now I too think of mom and dad when I spot them. My parents were from the World War II generation and went through ups and down as most couples do, but in general they loved each other and got along well. They had shared interests which helped. Both enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds. I can still picture them sitting in the sun room getting excited about the various song birds feeding and bathing in their backyard garden. In this painting the girl looks centered while she holds two bowls with the male and female birds balanced on each side of her.