Lourdes sent me this photo to work from
Lourdes sent me this photo to work from

our grandmother, who we all call Mami Olga

Ava Paige
Ava Paige

Lourdes sent me lots of photos of her baby; this is the one I used the most.

Mami Olga and Ava Paige
Mami Olga and Ava Paige

Though they didn't meet in their earthly lives, with Lourdes' guidance, I created an image of Ava Paige in Mami Olga's arms.

Lourdes sent me this photo to work from
Lourdes sent me this photo to work from

our grandmother, who we all call Mami Olga

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"Opening my painting from Monica was a moment I will never forget. Looking at a picture of my heavenly grandmother holding my heavenly daughter took my breath away. It's been two decades since my grandmother passed, and a year for my daughter. When I look at that painting, I see the most vivid and realistic glimpse into Heaven that I can imagine I'll get on earth. Thank you Monica for painting my personal heaven into existence."

- Lourdes Aponte Kopp