Dear Friends, Patrons & Benefactors:
Happy new year to you all. Many of you are already aware that my daughter Alma was born last September, extremely premature. She remains in the hospital but has made significant progress. She now weighs about 6 pounds, and she breathes and eats on her own. We had hoped to bring her home last week, but the discharge date keeps getting pushed back due to her episodes of bradycardia.
Update: Alma was discharged from the hospital on Friday 17 January, and is home now.
2013 was a trying year for me; Michelle and I suffered a miscarriage last January and my father was hospitalized for part of the summer. My wife spent several weeks in the hospital after her water broke in the second trimester of pregnancy, and our daughter has been in the NICU for months.
I am deeply grateful to all of you who purchased prints, commissioned artwork and sent donations after hearing of my difficulties. These have made it possible for me to support my family through months of not being able to work my usual hours. I also thank all of you who have been patient in waiting for your commissioned drawings. I hope to get caught up in my work over the first half of 2014.
At the moment I am faced with the task of paying medical bills for both my wife and my daughter. I am grateful to have insurance, but the total of all the deductibles and coinsurance and copayments is still more than I can afford to pay. I do not appear to be eligible for financial assistance from the hospital, but I am looking into charitable grants and state programs, and hoping to negotiate a discount in the coming weeks. Any funds that I can raise through the sale of artwork would be very useful to me at this time.
You can read the rest of my latest newsletter, which describes new prints for sale, here.