Losing Todd, A Mother's Journey
In Honor of 1LT Todd Weaver
KIA, Sep. 9, 2010
Twenty-one Paintings Now A Book
published by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
In one year’s time I painted 21 canvases in oil. The first 17 were shown in a two month exhibit beginning on the first year anniversary of Todd’s death. It was held at his alma mater, The College of William & Mary, in the campus' Sadler Center Annex of the Muscarelle Museum of Art.
I left a little black journal with the exhibit for peoples' comments. After the exhibit, and when I read the comments I realized I had created more than a series of paintings in memory of my son, Todd. I had captured the universal, human, solemn emotion -- Love.
I began to discuss with Aaron DeGroff, The CEO of the Muscarelle the idea of creating a book which would showcase the paintings and explain why I painted each canvas. What emerged was a book of art with narrative essays by myself and by ten other contributors, some who knew Todd in his life, and others who came to know him after he was killed.
While painting this series and with God’s grace, I was allowed the time to learn how to navigate my new state of being. As a mother, artist, and author, I understand how a particular journey can help us understand the larger experience of being human. I hope others will find inspiration and encouragement in my book.
I greatly appreciate everyone at The Muscarelle Museum of Art who was involved in the production of this work. I thank each of them for their dedication in sharing a story we felt needed to be told.
--Jeanne Harris Weaver
Artist, Author and Mother of
1LT Todd William Weaver
"It's not length, but depth of life"
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Solemn Honor
“...Contributing to this book, a story brought to life with art, has been more than a duty. It is the opportunity to share in book form, a connection I had with 1LT Todd Weaver at our College and in war. I hope this book will help keep his memory alive and remind those who read this volume of America’s debt to all who bravely serve--and to their families..."
--Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense
From his essay within the book
Danielle H. Dallaire
COL. David S. Flynn
Dr. Robert M. Gates
The Rev. Scott T. Holcombe
Harvey J. Langholtz, Ph.D
John J. McGlennon, PhD
The Rev. Danielle DuBois Morris
W. Taylor Reveley III