If Only

374 pages
isbn 978-0-9838358-2-0
published: 2012

A child of the Great Depression, Tilde Becker knows hardship and turns it into art. Against the odds, she has graduated from high school, found studio space in New York’s exciting Greenwich Village — and she’s in love.

But her paintings aren’t selling. To support herself, she gets hired as a painter’s assistant in a government arts project. The painter’s job is to design murals of historic scenes. He paints the portraits; she paints the background trees, water, and sky. It’s art, but it’s not hers.

If only people had money to buy her paintings…

If only there were light and time at the end of her work day…

If only she could paint the world she wants, and make it so…

If only…

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