MJSA Journal Online Design Challenge 2017: Jim Grahl

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Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon

8: Jim Grahl

This story hit home for me because I have experience in the world of law enforcement. There’s always a risk there so it’s hard to be involved in that line of work. To be a wife and mother in this environment requires courage, and it takes a tough and bold woman to be the support mechanism for someone in law enforcement when each day could be the last. I like the idea of celebrating Jenny for the support and strength she’s given to her family, and I chose to create a bold piece that would truly be worthy of adorning this strong woman who has been through so much.

When I thought about trying to capture the essence of a celebration in this piece, I immediately thought of fireworks. It can make for an outrageous piece, but I wanted something that truly demonstrated that life can and should be a celebration. In addition, I chose to incorporate the idea of spring. Spring is a time of rebirth, and I thought it be appropriate for a woman who in a ...