Bessie, Roses for my Mother, May 2010, Santa Fe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherford. “My sister was an artist. She was really good. She's just simply good at what she does."
Betty, They are Trees, April 2010, Wesley Woods Alzheimer’s Care Center .“They are almost twins. I have twin nieces.” Betty was asked to quit school after ninth grade because her sister had just given birth to twin girls and her mother was awaiting the birth to her younger brother. She has been close to her nieces ever since.
Betty (Grandma K) ,Out in the Country (From My Imagination), September 2010, Autumn Leaves at Fossil Creek. Betty grew up on a farm near Detroit, Michigan. She came from a split home and lived with her grandparents until she got married. "I got married to a guy in the Air Force and we travelled everywhere--Honolulu, Hawaii, and Turkey--so I got to meet lots of kinds of people. He was a great guy. I have a lot of good memories.”
Bobby, Fruits, April 2010, Rose Cottage of Texas, Fort Worth. “Susie (my Susie) loves them,” the man whom everyone calls Bobby said of his painting of mangos, grapes and pecans.
Charlotte, Flashback, May 2010, Santa Fe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherford. "My flower kind of exploded. It looks like someone on acid. It's like whisky." Charlotte is a self-proclaimed "hippie from the sixties, a real free spirit, You know, sex and drugs and rock and roll and all that"
Cuevas, Nighttime, October 2010, Emeritus at Oak Hollow, Bedford., TX. “Like, do you ever have something happening at night, in your house, like company coming or something? There's not a week goes by that we don't have company.”
Dorothy, Untitled, July 2010 Clare Bridge Cottage, Richland Hills, TX. Dorothy has lived her whole life in Dallas, married to a preacher for the past 30 years. She is a musician, playing piano and guitar, and was music director for a church.
Dot, Untitled (Bird), September 2010 Autumn Leaves of Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, TX.
Edward, Untitled (American Flag), July 2010, Silverado Valley Ranch, Irving, TX. Edward is an architect and professional watercolor artist, with paintings in galleries all over the country. He is 91 years old, and acts like a 65 year old most of the time. He has taught art classes on several levels, for his peers as well as for children of all ages. He has four daughters.
Eileen, Chicken, October 2010, Autumn Leaves of Grapevine, TX. "We had chickens on the farm in North Dakota when I was a child," recounts Eileen. Her parents used to take the eggs to town to sell.
Eula, Sunset over the Colorado, August 2010 ,Magnolia Court, Granbury, TX. “San Soba river empties into the Colorado and the Colorado runs into the Gulf. This is where I learned to swim when I was five years old. After that we would swim in the Colorado all summer.”
Eula, The Snow Storm, November 2010 Magnolia Court, Granbury , TX. Remembering Christmas, Eula says,.”I would cut me a Christmas tree. Daddy ordered me Christmas decorations. I ordered blue and silver.” Image used for Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter holiday card 2010
Evelyn, Field of Flowers, April 2010, Riverside Community Center, Haltom City, TX. Evelyn is 96 years old and attends Memories in the Making® with her caretaker, Kim She never says a word, but laughs at jokes and nods yes or no to questions. “Is it a field of flowers," asks Kim? "Yes” nods Evelyn, smiling.
Evelyn. Bunch of Grapes, August 2010, Emeritus at Oak Hollow, Bedford, TX. “It's just a bunch of grapes. Ya wanna eat one?” Emeritus at Oak Hollow was one of the first communities to join Memories in the Making®. The group of painters, which sometimes numbered 12 or more, has dwindled as the disease takes its toll. Bunch of Grapes, with its open circles, is typical of the work of people with advanced Alzheimer's.
Faye, Old Barn, July 2010 ,Clare Bridge Cottage, Richland Hills, TX. “This looks like a rabbit just peeking out of the bushes. I thought of the old barn that I used to play in. It was fun: lots of hay and you got your clothes all dusty. That looks just like the fence I tried to help my granddad put up. I wasn't holding it steady enough. It was fun to try.”
Fayna, Texas Windmill, September 2010 Autumn Leaves of Garland, TX. Fayna was the daughter of an Oklahoma peanut farmer and frequently talks about how awful it was. She sings constantly, often belting out "Oklahoma" no matter what everyone else is singing. She has ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Felix, Untitled, January 2009 ,Oakwood Assisted Living, Stephenville, TX. Felix dreamed of being a cartoonist one day. He was a chaplain in the army during WWII. He married Bunnelle during a leave and the war was over the day he was scheduled to report back. He and his wife later finished their masters from the Fort Worth Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor, college group leader, and held many positions at the Fort Worth Seminary.
Imogene, Good Morning, February, 2010, Wesley Woods Alzheimer's Care Center, Waco, TX.
Libby, Nothing, August 2010, Autumn Leaves of Flower Mound, TX. “It's noting, nothing at all, just colors I like." Libby is 96 years young. She was born in Dodge City, Kansas. Libby graduated from college with a music degree and was a piano teacher for years. She is full of spunk and personality.
Louie, Train Wreck, October 2010, Alzheimer's Early Stage Support Group, Fort Worth, TX. Louie loves trains. When he was a kid he had a train set. His dad built it for him and it took up a whole room. It was big and had five or six trains. His dad was an electrician
Mae, Bull in the Field, May 2010, James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX “I was raised on a ranch and we had longhorns. Steaks come from longhorns. When you see them with short horns that’s because their horns have been cut off.”
Mae, Shasta Daisies, October 2010, James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX. "I have flowers in pots at home." Mae has been a gardener and a painter all her life: "Not watercolor, real paint,” she says. “My daughter paints too. You buy the paints in little cans. Oil colors. We had little containers. We'd squirt the colors we'd want to use into the little cups."
Mae, The Flower Patch, October 2010, Oakwood Assisted Living, Stephenville, TX. "It looks like second grade work, doesn't it?" Mae taught second and third grade for 30 years. "It's all my sister's fault that I can't paint," she says. "She was really good. She'd paint a dog and it would look like a dog. I'd paint a dog and it would look like a skunk."
Margaret, untitled, February 2010, Silverado Valley Ranch, Irving, TX. Margaret was born in 1930, in Tioga, Texas. She is the oldest of nine siblings, the mother of five children, and grandmother to eight. Margaret has always enjoyed crafts and gardening. She is an award winning seamstress and former floral shop owner. Her favorite hobby is crocheting.
Margaret, Untitled, February 2010, Silverado Senior Care, Irving, TX. Margaret seldom says a word, but sets to work with speed and purpose, filling the paper with her own unique circles and lines. This is the second of two paintings completed in an hour.
Marvin, Who Did This Mess?, October 2010, Esperanza of Carrollton, TX. Marvin is from Illinois and was a military aircraft pilot. He loves history, reading, aircraft and sports and especially making things with his hands. He is very creative.
Mieko, South Sea Island, May 2010, Emeritus at Tanglewood Oaks. Fort Worth, TX. Mieko is from Hiroshima, Japan, and lost her entire family whe the bomb dropped. She married an American G.I. and has one daughter. She still embraces the Japanese culture and speaks Japanese.
Millie, Imagination, November 2009, Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene, TX. Millie loves to have fun, entertain and celebrate holidays. She always makes sure everyone else is having fun as well and has never met a stranger. Just as her painting suggests, she has a vivid imagination and is always ready for the next adventure! She is full of joy, loves to sing, laugh, and spend time with her loved ones. She also loves cowboys.
Nixie, It Is What It Is, Wesley Wood Alzheimer's Care, Waco. TX. Nixie didn't think she used enough red.
Pat, Untitled, June 2010, Silverado Valley Ranch, Irving, TX,
Paul, Flowers for Camille, February 2010, Autumn Leaves of Flower Mound, TX. “My wife loves flowers and color, so I painted this for her.” Paul and Camille have been married 14 years and have between them 14 grandchildren and two great grand children. Paul was a financial advisor and loves to play golf.
Peggy, It's Spring!, July 2010 Autumn Leaves of Carrolton, TX. "Spring in Texas, in my back yard. And the front too. There are violets, the blues. The yellows are sunflowers but they don’t look like sunflowers because I didn’t put legs on them. And I have a dog - a little bitty dog. I just made one little bird but these trees are filled with birds. I feed them.”
Reba, The Daisy, October 2010, Autumn Leaves of Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, TX. "I grew all kinds of flowers. I was a flower lover. I love roses and I love pansies. But I had all kinds of flowers growing. People used to stop at the curb and get out of their cars to look at my flowers.”
Richard ,Fish (Bass), June 2010 James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX. "They [bass] live where I used to fish. I haven't done it in a long time. My dad and me and my granddad…in the country. We'd go fishing with my dad. I was like yay tall--there, and then there. I was a boy and got big. And my dad and granddad and I, we'd go fishing."
Marvin, Untitled (Barney Google), October 2010, Esperanza of Carrollton. Marvin likes painting because it is an opportunity to make something and he likes painting trees because they’re easy to paint. He signed his name “Barney Google” because it was his favorite comic strip growing up.
Betty Jean, Country Roads, July 2010, Clare Bridge Cottage, Richland Hills, TX. “I was raised in the country so I know. I was raised in Alabama and Georgia. A lot of red dirt there. Dirt roads, that what you had in the country." Her dad had "ol' timey cars” like Ford and Chevy, “but mostly we rode on wagons."
Bill ,Untitled, June 2010, James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX. Bill came from the Midwest, where he used to work as a TV repairman. He enjoyed all sports such as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, golf and soccer. This painting, inspired by a photograph of a beach, is Bill’s last.
Donna. A Lot of Fun, May 2010, Santa Fe Health and Rehabilitation, Weatherford, TX. Donna said she picked the photograph of the opossum because Lisa told a story about it. The opossum had a pouch full of babies and walked funny. “This is a lot of fun,” she said about her first time painting.
Doretha, Log, October 2010 Good Tree Retirement, Stephenville, TX. "It's a big log that fell in the woods and is just left lying there." Doretha claims that she doesn't paint, she does numbers. She was an accountant at a big firm in Dallas.
Doris, Easter Eggs Gone Crazy, March 2010 ,Alvarado Meadows Nursing and Rehab, Alvarado, TX. Doris’ paintings often reflect her moods and will sometimes be about things that are bothering her. Easter Eggs Gone Crazy shows her humorous side.
Doris, Up on a Hill, May 2010, James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX. "There's some bushes and some trees and some water." A housekeeper most of her life, Doris discovered a talent for painting at the James L. West Senior Adult Day Program. Every week without fail, she creates a new painting in her own unique, exuberant style, filling the page with bright patches of color.
Doris, Sunflowers, July 2010, James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX. “It was supposed to be a beautiful sunflower, but I butchered it.” Doris was born and raised in Jefferson City, Texas, on the Louisiana border. She picked cotton as a girl and worked as a housekeeper as an adult. Today, she is one of the most prolific and imaginative painters in Memories in the Making®, filling page after page with brightly colored compositions.
Dorothy, A Healthy Pair, October 2010, Arden Courts of Arlington, TX. Dorothy was an elementary school teacher. She has a dog and loves to garden.
Elinor, Basket of Apples, October 2010, Arden Courts of Arlington TX. "I like all apples," says Elinor. She thinks she had an apple tree in her backyard when she was little. It had both green and red apples on it.
Eula, Springtime in Mesquite Country, August 2010, Magnolia Court, Granbury, TX “When I was young, I would get a book I liked after chores. I would go and sit under the mesquite tree and watch the toads eat red ants.”
Gertrude, In the Woods of the Forest, October 2010, Cooper Villa Assisted Living and Retirement, Arlington, TX. “It doesn't look like any place I lived. I lived where the pine trees were. These trees don't grow where the pine trees grow.”
Ione, It's So Pretty, October 2010, Esperanza of Carrollton, TX. “I just love the colors of the fall leaves. It's a lovely scene. It's better without people." Ione has lived many places that had colorful fall foliage: "I lived all over the midwest and in New England. I've been everywhere."
Jane, Mocking Birds, February 2010, Autumn Leaves of Flower Mound, TX. Jane is an accomplished artist who shows an obvious understanding of watercolor. She works quickly and deftly, saying not a word but concentrating on her work.
Joe, Street with Houses and Cars, June 2010, Emeritus at Tanglewood Oaks, Fort Worth, TX. Joe is a sweet, quiet man, who doesn't say much. He is fond of holding the boy baby doll and staff wonder if there is a connection to his losing a teenage son in a car accident. He was in the Navy in WWII and has twin daughters.
John, A Double Mess, April 2010, Autumn Leaves of Grapevine, TX. “I was a car driver. Ford, Chevy, Pontiac, GMC, Toyota. I drove about every car ever made. But they won't let me drive any more. I had a new Buick and they took it away from me. Boo hoo hoo.” John was a preacher and a barber. "That's the way I made my living--cutting hair."
Leslie, Springtime, September 2010, Alvarado Meadows Nursing and Rehabitation, Alvarado, TX. “It's got the flag out for spring. It's got the tree. It's got the sunshine. When I was a kid I used to like to draw anything that was outside. I loved art classes. I was very creative.”
Lois, Mountain Home, July 2010, Clare Bridge Cottage, Richland Hills, TX. “It looks more like Arkansas than Texas, don't you think? I'm a Texan, born and bred. Married a North Dakota guy. He came to visit a friend. When he came back, he didn't have a place to stay. I was real surprised when Daddy said he could stay with us. He was real quiet. We were a good match because I was always rambunctious.”
Louise, Untitled, September 2010, Autumn Leaves of Garland , TX. Louise was a prolific amateur artist in the 1980s and 90s. She used all media but especially liked watercolor. Her daughter remembers that as she began to develop Alzheimer's she she really liked pastel, for the tactile quality.
Lucille, A Blooming Flower, September 2009, Arden Courts of Arlington, TX. This reminds Lucille of when her two daughters were young. They would pick flowers in the garden.
Luz , Nopales, October 2010, Santa Fe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherford, TX. Luz is from New Mexico, where there are lots of Nopales, the flat, edible leaves of the prickly pear cactus.
Mary, Butterflies, April 2010, Rose Cottage of Texas, Fort Worth, TX. "I have a garden. There are a lot of butterflies. I just love them." A mathematician, librarian, and proud alumna of TCU, Mary's favorite color is purple. She has four daughters.
Mary, Untitled (Country Road), September 2010, Autumn Leaves of Flower Mound, TX. “I lived in the country and it is beautiful. What I like to do is get to the top of the hill and look down at all the grass. If you look across the yard, you have a beautiful picture with many shades of green and blue.”
Miriam ,The Theater, April 2010, Wesley Woods Alzheimer’s Care Center, Waco, TX. “I loved to go to the theater when I lived in New York. I was in the Coast Guard during WWII and we got free tickets.”
Nita, Blue Ridge, October 2010, Good Tree Retirement, Stephenville, TX. Nita had a stroke at an early age and raised four children while in a wheelchair.
Savera, Untitled (Heart), February 2010, James L. West Senior Adult Day Program, Fort Worth, TX. Savera often paints pictures of flowers. She is a retired seamstress for Neiman Marcus and enjoys old movies, shopping and music.
Virginia, Church in the Country, April 2010, Autumn Leaves of Grapevine, TX. A little country church is one of Virginia's favorite subjects. John, her husband, was a preacher in Sherman, Texas, and she has fond memories of being a preacher’s wife.
Wanda, Parrot, April 2010, Lexington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation, Richland Hills, TX. “I've had parakeets. I had a house full of them at one time but I had to give them up. I was a nurse then and they're a lot of work.”
Wanda, Garden, April 2010, Rose Cottage of Texas, Fort Worth, TX. This painting started out as a painting of hydrangeas but soon evolved into a garden of dots. "These little things are so cute!" says Wanda, beaming.
Zelda, Two Turkeys, October 2010, Cooper-Villa Assisted Living and Memory Care, Arlington, TX. Zelda only likes dead turkeys - on Chirstmas and Thanksgiving. She has never cooked a turkey herself. "Mother always did that."
Cleta, Pumkin Pie, may 2009, Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene
Ron,4/6/7/8/. September 2010, Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene
Rose, Daisy: Just a Cow I Knew, October 2010, Santa Fe Health and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherford, TX. Rose grew up on a farm. "We had 300 chickens, two cows and two or three dogs. We raised chickens and sold the eggs. And we had chicken every Sunday."
Thetis, West Texas Windmill, August 2010 ,Magnolia Court, Granbury, TX. "When moving to West Texas, we saw the windmills on the side of the road. The gyp water was used for the cattle, not for the humans." Thetis was born and raised in rural Arkansas, where she graduated from high school at age 16 and married at 17. She later moved to Odessa, Texas, with her husband and daughter.
Cynthia, Something Else, Something Else, April 2010, Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene, TX. Cynthia’s painting started out as a still life of oranges and lemons but evolved into “something else.” More interesting to her still were the little boys that were jumping and riding around at the bottom of the painting: “They’re so cute,” she explained. Cynthia raised four children and all her life sewed, quilted, crocheted, grew flowers and canned fruits and vegetables that she grew in her garden.
Dorothy, Untitled (Cherries), July 2010. Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene
Dorothy, Dumb Thang, August 2009. Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene
Evelyn, Hairy Heart, July 2010, Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene
Maria, The Rainbow Trout, July 2010. Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene. Maria was born in the border town of Eagle Pass, TX. She had five children and loves bingo, dominos, sewing and cooking.
Maria, The Lonely Trail, August 2010. Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene. Maria was born in the border town of Eagle Pass, TX. She had five children and loves bingo, dominos, sewing and cooking.
Maria, Plum Purty, August 2010 ,Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center, Abilene, TX. Maria was born in the border town of Eagle Pass, TX. She had five children and loves bingo, dominos, sewing and cooking.