Gia Marie Houck
About the artist:
"I am a hospice social worker in Austin, Texas. I also very much enjoy photography as a hobby, and photo editing to make more artful images."
About the artwork:
"This image symbolizes the peace of acceptance and letting go in loss--whether it be just for a moment or for a longer time. To me, it also speaks to the courage to let go when treatment is not working and is making one too sick to have any quality of life. I associate with this image a quote by Hermann Hesse: 'Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.' The photograph that became this image was taken in the Italian Cemetery in Colma, California."