Friday, January 20, 2012

Josephine Rondinelli Renzulli...A Tribute

I have been sending out an e-newsletter from Gallery 5 about once a month for the past 2 years, occasionally posting them on this blog. Yesterday's letter evoked such a remarkable response that I thought I would share it with my blog readers.

Josephine Rondinelli Renzulli...A Tribute

Mom, dad, and me at my graduation from Jefferson Medical College

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of my mother’s death. She was my age when she died, an age that has suddenly assumed much more significance for me. I think of her often, almost daily, and give quiet thanks for all that she has given me. She loved art and music, and could sit at a piano or pick up a mandolin and play a tune “by ear”. (Sadly the music gene snuck right by me.) She was always drawing or painting, and constantly encouraged me in my own efforts, providing me with the necessary materials to do so.

She and my father did everything they could to see that I had the opportunities that they never had. I can still feel and sense their pride when I graduated from medical school, and fifteen years later, when I told them I was leaving my practice to become an artist…They simply asked If I was absolutely sure of that and their support and encouragement never skipped a beat. I owe them so very much.

And I will always wonder, what could she have been, what could she have accomplished, given my opportunities? Far more than me, I am certain of that.

Here are four of many paintings:

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cowango said...

Oh, Bill, what a moving tribute to your mom. You honor her with this memory and wish.

Villager said...

I take my humble hat off again in awe at your art and love of family. You take the words right out of my mouth, only you organize them much better than I ever could.
Best regards.