|"Alki Point Lighthouse," a watercolor painting by Z. Vanessa Helder (1904-1968), created while she was in a New Deal art programs, ca. 1935-1938. See Wikipedia biography. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.|
This painting, or rather the artist, holds special interest for me. My mother took art lessons with her at the Spokane Art Center. More than that, Vanessa Helder was her mentor -- and I was named for her.
|Portrait of Z. Vanessa Helder by Leonid Fink,|
ca. 1940. Courtesy Martin-Zambito Fine Art,
Archive of Northwest Artists
I could continue with anecdotes, but this is it with words for now so I can spend time with memories and pictures. Time enough later for more words. In the meantime, I leave you with links -- many rich in images. Today's recommended slice topic is nature. Surely landscapes are close enough.