This was another live art piece accompanying a worship set at a church event. It was in my possession and for sale when a couple from Lowertown purchased Mystery. They saw this painting for sale and proceeded to tell me their story. The wife of this relationship had been previously married and had had a son. When he was sixteen years old he was killed by a drunk driver. The end of her marriage soon followed and she entered into a grieving depression. The Lord continued to encourage her in this season through the presence or pictures of sunflowers. It was a strength to her.
Upon meeting her current husband, for their first date, without prior knowledge, he took her to a sunflower farm with fields upon fields of sunflowers overwhelming her view. The day I heard this story they purchased the other painting for their home, but I desired for the wife to have this painting one day. Over a year later I re-entered it in a gallery in downtown Paducah. The day I was working this gallery I had been meaning to call the husband but hadn’t gotten around to it. That afternoon, he walked by the window front and hung up the phone call I was on and went out to greet him.
He said he was cheating. He had had back surgery and had snuck out that afternoon to go for a slow walk after being bedridden for days. I told him the painting was for sale for half of its original price. Valentines day was the next day. He said he had written his wife a poem but was still planning to buy a gift to accompany it. This would be perfect. It’s my understanding that this painting now adorns her wall.