Shadows of the Heart by Nellie P. Strowbridge carries images of shadows that fall across the human landscape of all our lives. The author, an intimist, paints unsettling pictures. From death before birth to death after birth she often moves from grief to hope in her depiction of human and mother nature. Like the sun shining through a cloud on a dark day, humour shows through at unexpected moments.
Strowbridge's work is tight, controlled and compelling. She is not afraid to go for powerful images, giving women a strong voice in subjects once taboo.
The terror of having a child snatched...the word picture of a fisherman's hands, the tormented love of one sister for another whose mind takes her on a tragic journey. All become shadows of the heart.