An offering of art: Illinois artist responds to Chattanooga shootings

"A Requiem Moment for Five Empty Windows" by Carol Maura Poshka.

Although 500 miles away, Carol Maura Poshka keenly felt the horror when a lone gunman attacked two military centers in Chattanooga on July 16, killing five men.

An artist in Paxton, Ill., she responded in the best way she knew how: Create something.

So she put together what she calls a "narrative collage" and titled it "A Requiem Moment for Five Empty Windows."

"Once (the shooting) happened, I thought, 'How do we depict the loss? It was so crushing, so horrible," Poshka, 64, says from her home. "I am making art to honor and mark this tragic event. I hope it allows for reflection and some help to the families and those in Chattanooga and beyond who were impacted."

In the center of the piece are four empty, open windows.