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Artist's Statement:

This painting is a portrait of Esther, my daughter’s first and best friend from a tumultuous year at the Smithsonian Institute in Panama. Esther and Rachael remain close, despite the great distance and various vicissitudes of life. As a friend, Esther, holds your hand,

makes you laugh, and has your back.

Oil on Panel

16 x 20 in

My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments,

what fiddle strings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound

and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.

Fernando Pessoa

The Book of Disquiet

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not

a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion,

an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.

Edith Wharton

Laughter is the sunbeam of the soul.

Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

~ on the strength and beauty of the individual soul ~

In a world where everyone wears a mask,

it’s a privilege to see a soul.

Amanda Richardson


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