In 1996, 17 months after the birth of our son and 2 years after his initial diagnosis, my partner Jack died of cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in Viet Nam. Overwhelmed by grief, I found myself making paintings that described my experience. The good folks at the Missoula Art Museum got wind of the work I was doing and invited me to show the Grief Series. With expert curatorial guidance from Steve Glueckert, the grief images were displayed in a gallery draped in black fabric, on a pedestal built to facilitate an intimate, close-in experience for viewer. A catalog was produced and over the next several years, the Grief Series traveled to ten museums and galleries in Montana and Idaho.