The art of love

There’s not enough good art about the bond between kids and their grandparents, so I asked Rebecca Layton, an illustrator based in Austin, to create some.

She calls this piece “The Two of Us.”

“I loved spending time with my grandparents when I was little because they were so easygoing,” Rebecca says. “They had more free time than my parents did and could teach me things that, in the hustle and bustle of their 30s and 40s, my mom and dad couldn’t.”

“The days seemed slower with them, and I felt so special in their company.”

“Here, I tried to capture that feeling you can get with a grandparent—how just the two of you taking a walk in a beautiful setting can be magical.”

“There is an intimacy between the two figures, and the long shadows suggest the end of a summer day spent in slow time.”

Rebecca lives in Austin but travels often to northern India, where the fabrics for her new clothing line are produced.

Rebecca’s career in art was inspired by her maternal grandmother, who was a master seamstress and embroiderer.

More recently, her work has been influenced by a group of block printers she met in India while she was studying textile design on a Fulbright scholarship.

She now collaborates with these artisans to produce her own line of hand-printed clothes, Rekh & Datta.