Quotes from a PI article after her passing...
Even after her hands were numb from arthritis, Lois Graham continued to paint, holding her palette knife through force of will.
"She was perhaps the toughest person I've ever known," said her son, Andrew.
Graham, who was 77, died unexpectedly Tuesday of cardiac arrest.
She developed her style early and stuck with it, animating fields of color into rigorously abstract form... "She went out like a Viking with a paintbrush in her hand," sculptor Steve Jensen said.
The arthritis she had for 30 years put her in a wheelchair for 10, but she painted right through it.
"Painting kept her alive," her son said. "For years she wore a little pin on her jacket that said, 'Art Saves Lives.' Making it saved hers." http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visualart/335025_graham11.html
Here's her darling picture in front of a painting... and a quote from the article by Regina Hackett in the PI... "Attention is a spigot. It's hard to turn on and easy to turn off. Here's the heartening part: Graham kept working. Her exhibit at Foster/White is on view until Oct. 27. Critics and curators turned away, but her gallery held firm, and so did a small group of collectors.