Birthdays are benchmarks of beginnings, birthmarks of bold steps, signposts of standout successes, memory markers to manifest new momentum.
Age is a number and a mindset, therefore today the 8th day of September, I am the sentimental Virgo wood snake using numerology to tell my tale as I turn 88 in wisdom, 77 in spirit, 55 in fine-tuning, 44 forecaster, 33 in spirit, 22 in strength, 11 in liveliness and 1 more step ahead. I ponder personal power pounded in paths without parents to pave my way, wandering in a wilderness of wondering. Truth is today I turn nine and remember my nanny. Pain to gain grounds goals of give and take gratitude, to form friendship family and cohesive community. In 1957, JFK won a Pulitzer Prize for “Profiles in Courage.” In 2019, I paint two Profiles in Courage: JFK and JFK jr.: powerful father and son. This “First family” forms a birthmark in my mind to adopt strength in adversity into my art to paint more than just icons of that time, but rather "re-present" their timeless sacrifice and symbol of eternal success for all to see this September. Even death does not prevent being born fresh. I give Great gratitude to those sending wishes. Credit: Getty images, Portrait reference: ABC news #shelleybatcules#birthday#contemporaryartist#thinkbigger