While She Sleeps, is a drawing of my oldest daughter.  My younger two at the time, would fall asleep to my voice at night, but Brenna, at five, would fight sleep with the same spirit of her days, wanting those last minutes together, free of her siblings.  Finally as I told her tales of wonder, she would curl up and find peace close to her brother and I would rise and set Elli in her crib, cover Luke, and draw sketches of Brenna.  Filtered through her beautiful, quiet form, I would set myself to understanding anew through drawing.  I needed to release my worries and understand what baffled my daughter, articulating what she couldn’t.  Drawing has always helped me to see what could not be understood in the rush of the days. It slows me, deepening empathy, and clarifying experience.