Kennedy at Christmas
Oil on Wood
The East Wing of the White House is surprisingly intimate and graciously presents our history. Photographs and portraits of past presidents line the walls of the elegant rooms. It was especially so this Christmas, filled with live trees and all the trappings of merriment. But coming upon the portrait of Kennedy, in a quiet corner, with a bowl of red roses placed on a table beneath took my breath away. It is restrained and beautiful, soft and sensitive. It is so alive. People fell silent as they stopped to admire it, struck by the heartbreaking loss and enormity of what might have been.