Description Some time ago, I was working on a dementia unit helping out some of the other nurses. There was one particular lady who was very confused- continually wandered around and restless- yet too unsteady to walk on her own. I came down to the unit specifically to help her. I held this dear soul's hands in mine as I walked backwards and faced her as she shuffled along. I had never heard her speak a word, and really doubt that she could see very well, if at all. The only thing that indicated that she ever knew someone was with her was that occasionally in the past if she happened to touch my hand, she would grasp it and bring it to her lips and give it a tender kiss. It seemed that the only thing that mattered to this frail dear was human contact and love. So that evening, as I had her hands in mine, I pondered her life. Who was she in years past- who did she love, who were the ones who had loved her? Suddenly I was overwhelmed with a feeling that this woman was very, very precious to God. Although her life here on earth now seemed only a confused wandering, in God's eyes she was absolutely precious. His treasure. I gazed at my patient's gnarled frail hands with a sense of awe much like I experienced when I first saw my own children's tiny fingers when they were born. I found myself filled with a sense of honor to be able to take care of this woman in the closing days of her very long life. Little did I know that she would die unexpectedly a few days later. Indeed, I was one of her last caregivers. Since that day, I have truly appreciated the tender moments of frailty I have witnessed with the elderly. I am honored to have the opportunity to take care of people who are so precious to God Himself. It's with the love that I sensed that evening that I drew this. The mans hands represent Jesus' own, tenderly caring for the lives and hearts of the frail and needy- for anyone who, indeed, cannot even care for themselves. I hope this is a blessing to you.
Jyvonne Inman, Lancaster County, Pa. Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement Jyvonne Inman grew up doodling in the margins of her papers and making simple cartoon figures to teach children in church, but she could never figure out how to draw realistically. Then, in the final months of 2004 she picked up a pencil and a photograph of a cat... and discovered she could create realistic looking pictures, too. Having no formal training, she considers this a gift from God, and has, as time progressed, begun to use her artistic abilities as a means to express those things that are closest to her heart.
As she grew as an artist, Jyvonne decided to start to take her own reference photos. Without any background in photography, she became captivated by the intricacy God had placed in nature and the delicate balances of texture, color,and contrast she began to notice in the everyday scenes around her. Thus, a new avenue of artistic expression was opened up for Jyvonne to pursue.
Jyvonne is currently writing an inspirational book which will feature many of her drawings, paintings, and photographs.