This model Mina posed for me in Arizona. She wore a vintage turn of the century lace dress. As I was finishing painting her portrait in my studio a story emerged naturally in my mind as often does when I paint a portrait. I imagined this woman waiting at the train for her love to return from the war, she had received news that he was wounded but alive and was waiting expectantly to see him for the first time. Her eyes are tearing up from the hope and anticipation of the moment. As I finished the painting the final episode of Downton Abby was playing in my studio in the background and seemed very apropo to the emotion in the painting.