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"There's a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn't change...Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding. You don't ever let go of the thread."  --William Stafford
Shira on Nicole's Lap, 1984
Shira: On Our Path, 2006

Our families now live in different cities, limiting the time I have to draw or paint my grandchildren. Valuing our time together, filled with intergenerational sparking and the continual unfolding of cycles of growth and change, I strive to capture their presence while I am still able. But I must balance the push of artistic desire against the pull of caretaking within the equation of my own waning energies. I found a way to share playful energy and collaborate with my grandchildren by working side-by-side on my canvasses, often freely incorporating their drawings, writings and paintings into mine.

Powerful currents held and separated our family. Yet we circled, we grew, we rebuilt, we held on and we let go --maintaining a sense of belonging to each other and to the human family. Somehow, I never let go of the thread, neither as an artist nor as a mother or grandmother.

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Shira born 1984 Issac born 1987 Ethan born 1997
Shira 1990
Shira
1990
Issac Sleeping - 1989
Issac Sleeping
1989
Ethan - 2002
Ethan
2002
Shira and her Painted Designs - 1990
Shira and her Painted
Designs 1990
Issac with Sword - 1991
Issac with Sword
1991
Ethan in Blue Robe - 2002
Ethan in Blue Robe
2002
Shira and Skeletons - 1993
Shira and Skeletons
1993
Issac - 1994
Issac and Skeletons
1994
Ethan in Spiderman Shirt - 2005
Ethan in Spiderman Shirt
2005
Portrait of Shira Frank - 1997
Pensive Shira
1997
Issac - 2003
Issac with Dragon
2003
Ethan - 2009
Ethan Discovers Go
2009
Shibra Shira - 1999
Zebra Shira
1999
Issac & Darthfruit - 2009
Issac and Darthfruit
2009

Shira '04 - 2004
Orthodox Shira
2004
Issac in Red - 2009
Issac in Red
2009
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