New Image: Waiting Family

Just added this to the site. Or…it’ll be there in about 10 minutes after I double check all the settings.

Mom was able to describe this image to me in great detail. I will say that she didn’t love this one in terms of how it looked. But she loved the content. In the white dress is mom’s sister, who preceded her in death. Katie is always in white in mom’s angel paintings and has the blue eyes as well in each instance. On the far left in pink is my grandmother. The big reveal though is the man in brown. Mom specifically painted because she was illustrating what she said that the angels were showing her…or she also painted what she hoped to see. In this case she hoped to see her father. They were not close in life. But she added him here as a way to let him know that she forgave him,

He is brown in color because that was mom’s way of approximating his Army uniform from WWII. Mom didn’t see him from birth until she was about 3.5 years old. He was in the 9th Army for their entire campaign, right in the fight, nearly all the way to Berlin’s front porch. When he came back he was a good provider but a very changed man and didn’t do well at being close with his children. When mom was dying from cancer and struggling with dementia, I got out this huge trove of saved letters that he had written from the front line, to his wife. When mom could still read easily I would have her read some of these out loud. I knew it would help her connect with her dad as a person. So she added her father in to this painting after a lot of reading as she realized that he was excited to have kids…but it was the war that affected him and made him not the man he wanted to be back at home.

So this is her interpretation of her nuclear family waiting to greet her in heaven.


Phyllis Morris passed away at the age of 76 on October 21st, 2020. At the end of her life she had early onset dementia, Stage 4 cancer in her spine and also in her brain. During her last months she began painting with pastels daily. This art is now for sale with the proceeds going to her favorite group, the Christian Community, which is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy.

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