Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Barbara Muir ©
I was looking through past portraits today, and came upon this one I posted
in 2008 of my friend Susan Scott, who changed her name to Susan Hartnett.
Susan was a lovely friend, who was always kind.
We became friends when we both worked for a gas company—she as the
Chief Financial Officer and I as editor of the corporate magazine. She went
on to work almost exclusively for charities, and I do art, freelance writing,
editing and teaching.
We lost touch during the pandemic because she followed the health advice of
an anti-vaccine advocate. Ultimately I expect that’s why she died 6 months after
her cancer diagnosis about a year ago. I think she had both. The story is even sadder
because she wanted me to bring her bright flowers. And I planned to do it the
next week, but she died before I could.
This portrait is both abstract and accurate. I can feel her presence when I look
at it. In part it captures the joy I felt when I started painting in acrylic, and when
my friend, as very shy, vibrant, British woman agreed to pose. I miss you Susan.
Have a loving your friends day.