Claudia Wagner at age 15

This is our daughter Claudia when she was fifteen. This is not actually a drawing. It is a tracing or "cartoon" for transferring an outline from paper to canvas (a technique needed by the beginner). But it so happened that the tracing captured something about Claudia—her strength and independence—that the full drawing does not.

I never even thought of it as "art" until Ron Newman told me how much he liked it. When I told him it was only a tracing, he said: "That doesn't matter." Ron Newman was, and is, a wise man.

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