So sorry to hear about your stepmother, but it sounds like her funeral was uplifting and life-affirming. Big hugs to you and your family!
Loyd, thanks for the wishes, but it didn't make it. That's ok, I had a winner in a Smithsonian affiliated museum last year. Sounds fancy but its not a well known place so good on CV but not a lot of traffic to see it and/or buy it. This last one was a fancy competition and the finalists would have been shown in an international magazine.
Here is the loosing painting!
He's a friend of mine and I had a blast painting him in my studio. One of my best models ever! I had to take more breaks than he... Tho the image is small the painting is life-sized.