The art is simplistic, folky and bright. People mostly look the same, which makes their action in the scene even more of a characterization. We couldn't read any of the words while we were there, but were completely immersed in looking at the portraits. Women were most often weaving, farming or cooking - but what instruments they were using alluded to that special dish that they may have been known for. Dough rolled out, carrots chopped or mixing bowl in hand. Men were represented as the butchers, bartenders, shepherds, policemen and soldiers that they were. Their roles in the community.A noteworthy number of men are depicted alongside their tractor, truck or car. This doesn't necessarily mean they were mechanics. Driving around the village of Săpânţa, even today, the houses don't have driveways. Vehicles are not simply something everyone has. What those paintings of the red pick-up or blue two-door are really showing is the pride that their owner had felt. The accomplishment, the ownership. As the years on the tombstones move on through the 40s, 60s, 80s, automobiles pop up more and more. They begin to be depicted not just as part of a legacy or portrait, but also in the 'scene of death' illustrations. Many of the gravestone have art on both sides. Life on the front, death on the flipside.