"Catharina's Rose" is for Catharina, my husband's fifth cousin, who kindly hosted a lunch in her summer cottage on an island in the Stockholm Archipelago during my family's recent trip to Scandinavia. I took a picture of her beautiful rose, thinking that it might make a good painting for her.
The world is a small place, as my husband Peter found her 12 years ago through his Swedish colleague, who knew her professionally. Peter has met her a few times since, but it was the first time for me and my daughter. Peter's great grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the mid-19th century. After all these years, the family connection has been rekindled. I would like to thank Catharina and her husband for the delicious lunch and for welcoming the "long-lost cousins" with open arms!