This in one of the artist’s most treasured paintings, on many levels.
Back in the summer of 2010, Ronda Richley owned and operated Art Affair Gallery in Sanford Florida. She had gallery assistant, Jackie Miller, who in the process, became her closest friend. They were scheduled to have a two person show at the gallery, as Ronda was the mentor, and she her student. They were going to create paintings together of a tree standing in her yard. In the process of all of this, she told Ronda that she would never look at a tree the same way, since they had met. They were well on their way to create the exhibition when tragedy befell.
On July 20, 2010, Jackie was hunted down, followed, and brutally killed by her ex-boyfriend on her way to school. She had a restraining order against him, was staying in a safe house, but it was to no avail. A few weeks after he murdered her, he hung himself in jail.
In cleaning out her personal items, Ronda found one of her blank canvases, her brushes and some small paint tubes. She used these to paint a tribute to her. She painted it somehow in a style that was not hers, somehow entirely with her left hand (She is right handed, Jackie was a leftie), using her canvas, paints, and tiny brushes. It is a mixture of Jackie and Ronda’s styles.
To look at this painting closeup, you can see figures in the darker trees that are sometimes ominous, other figures floating away. You will also find three hands in the branches of the trees, and several angels with wings. There are very large, feathery wings behind the central figure of Jackie being gently lifted heavenward.
The original is in the Artist’s Private Collection, However Signed Limited Edition of 100 prints, approximately a 16″ x 24″ image on 100% archival heavyweight rag paper, with ample white paper surrounding the image.