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January 2018- Dallas

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41 because it's her favorite color, but because "all greens work together," she says, "so you can't really make a mistake." Her artwork hangs everywhere, including a large collage she made from Jack Lenor Larsen green velvet and her highly patterned paintings. There are also works given to her by artist friends, such as late regionalist Otis Dozier, a member of the legendary Dallas Nine. A rosary sculpture made of cast-wax grapes by Linda Ridgway hangs from the ceiling in front of the walnut wall, and two walking sticks with the 10 Commandments carved on them by street artist Roosevelt Wilkerson lean in a corner of her bedroom. She met Wilkerson, who died in 2015, at the Stewpot art program; while still in office, President George W. Bush, a longtime friend of Nelson and her husband, presented the Pope with one of Wilkerson's walking sticks. One of her most cherished works was a gift from the former president, now a serious portraitist, who painted the Nelsons together from a photo taken while on vacation. It hangs low in her bedroom so she can easily see it. "I look at it before I go to sleep and first thing in the morning," she says. Renovating The Gold Crest apartment was an emotional time for both Nelson and Tibbs. "It was such a personal thing, it never felt like a job," Tibbs says. "Too many times, we cried on site — she'd tell a story about Bill, and we'd laugh through the tears. But the whole thing was very empowering for her. This project is very much Pam."

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