For Sandy Hook

12″ x 16″


Mapleton is the name of our parents’ old house in Sandy Hook, CT.  The house is a colonial home and the property stretches up a hill covered in large maple trees and at the top of the hill is a garden, a fire circle (built by me and my father), a large stone labyrinth and an old one room school house.  Beyond the garden, the hill slopes down to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In December 2007, I was staying in my parents’ school house for a month and that is where I painted this picture of my own first grade class.  I remember listening to the children playing in the school yard while I painted and thought they must be the age of the children I was painting.

For what little good they do to comfort, maybe paintings can serve as a form for grief to take, as well as celebration of life, somehow simultaneously. Anyway, here’s one.  It was just pointed out to me that there are twenty children in the painting.



  1. Kimi Eisele December 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Beautiful, piercing all the way through to the heart.

  2. Jessica December 17, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Twenty kids.

    This is a lovely tribute, Noah.

  3. Jennifer Taylor December 17, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Beautiful tribute cousin Noah. You have a way of making people feel better in their time of grief with your paintings and drawings just like the one you did of me and mom after she passed.
    Much love to you

  4. Noah December 17, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    thanks Kimi, an awful convergence.