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I mention this as a prologue to the oil paintings above because the painter, Valery Estabrook, is one of the few people I know who shares my same values, personality traits, and communication style. My behavior is definitely improved in thanks to her friendship. This painting is my favorite in her collection. I can’t remember the date of my first menstrual cycle but I distinctly remember my grandmother forcing me to eat an egg. She never revealed the purpose and I was too distracted to ask for an explanation. Valery’s renderings master a cheerful disposition of colors and textures, while effecting comfort and my longing for the unheard words of a matriarch. The broken egg shell represents fragility, rebirth, fertility and other mysterious layered meanings. Any further attempt to comment on her skill would risk revealing myself to be a dilettante when I’m simply just a fan of her work…and of her character. For more of her work visit valeryestabrook.com