Oil on linen
40" x 50"
© 2006


Nelson, his brother, and his parents were asleep when the fire started in their second story apartment. After trying to wake her husband who was a heavy sleeper, Nelson's mom, in a panic, jumped from the window so she could then encourage the boys to jump and break their fall. Nelsons mom, both legs broken, caught Nelsons brother. Before Nelson could jump, the room exploded and blew him through the window. Nelson sustained severe burn injuries to the majority of his back from the heat of the explosion. His father did not survive the fire.