Watercolor paintings by Susan Sholle-Martin in memory of
Ella Murdock Sholle
June 25, 1902 to November 20, 1974
My Grandmother and fellow artist who was freed from alzheimer’s disease.
Susan and her grandmother Ella were both born and raised in Ohio. Ella inspired her with beautiful paintings, drawings, and ceramics. While Susan was studying art at Westminster College in Pennsylvania, Ella moved to Naples, Florida. Like her mother before her, she experienced dementia and died at a great distance.
Through the series of paintings above, Susan was able to express her grief and love for her grandmother. She painted a transformation of the comb Ella wore in her hair into a beautiful bird. It is a metaphor for her transition from life to death and into eternal life. It was her way of healing from seeing a disease that seemed to take the personality and life from her grandmother. This was one of her first experiences using art as part of a healing process.