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This drawing of mother and child was based on several news
stories and photos of the Katrina catastrophe in New Orleans,
LA in 2005. Women who were pregnant and delivered children
during this time had to struggle not only to keep up their own
hopes but to comfort their tiny children with the only security
they could offer at the time - tenderness and love.
From the grassroots level of a shocked nation, quickly came
many donations of water, food, clothing and labor to help the
Months later, marine biologists related that had the size
of the wetlands been maintained along the Louisiana
coastline, flooding would have been dramatically reduced,
since wetlands are nature's way of absorbing strong winds
and tidal forces. They also collect and hold flood waters.
Much of the wetlands were drained to make way for oil
drilling platforms. The levees that replaced the wetlands
broke apart under the force of the water.
(Watercolor/pastel 16" x 20")