The Muscarelle Museum of Art solemnly hosts an exhibition of seventeen paintings capturing the journey of a mother coping with the loss of her child. On September 9, 2010, Jeanne Weaver’s son, 1Lt. Todd W. Weaver, W&M `08 was killed in action in Afghanistan. After the initial shock and sadness, when for four months she could not paint, Jeanne decided in January 2011, to pick up her brushes in honor and memory of Todd. Losing Todd: A Mother’s Journey will be on view in the Muscarelle Museum Annex at the William & Mary Sadler Center September 1 – October 23, 2011.

Jeanne began painting again because she realized the small things from Todd’s life were important and needed to be captured. As she painted the seventeen oils in this exhibition about what she recalled in the weeks after his death, Jeanne gained strength and resolve. She ventured to capture the light and emotions of the moment. Through these paintings she shares her loss, her love, and her pride in Todd as she continues her journey since that September morning. Jeanne believes sharing these paintings honors all fallen heroes and recognizes the impact on all their Gold Star families and their ultimate sacrifice.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art Annex Space is located at the Sadler Center at The College of William & Mary.