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"I'm still here"

Frits Hoendervanger's avatar Frits Hoendervanger

"I'm still here" is an oil on canvas painting, 48"x72", depicting Alzheimer's disease. Having lost my own father years ago, I became close to my father-in-law, Morley. Our connection grew stronger as I was able to be there for him through his fight with Alzheimer’s, a dreadful disease. I am a Vietnam War veteran. More than 50 years later, I struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and memory issues. While my struggle is real, life has been good to me, and I try not to let this be the focus of daily life. Recently I’ve learned of the connection between Vietnam War veterans, PTSD, Agent Orange and Alzheimer’s. I believe this was part of the connection I felt with Morley. This painting is in remembrance of him and all the veterans and other loved ones who have lost their lives to Alzheimer's.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2''
  • Medium: oil
  • Width: 48''
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: 72''