Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bapa's chair (Sold)

24" x 36" oil on canvas

This is a portrait of a chair that belonged to my father.  He took an interest in to caning chairs after he retired.  I found the chair, seat-less, at a yard sale along with some others.  This was his favorite, which he liked particularly for its shape and size.  He had a great eye for beauty.  I love that he became interested in a new craft and skill late in his life.  He did wonderful works.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Attie's Rocker

24" x 32", oil on canvas

This is a portrait of a little rocker of my mom's, which used to belong to her mom.  Age hasn't diminished her beauty.


Maybe, just maybe, this chair was the start of my fascination with them.  I drew this in a class with Bruce Smith at Brigham Young University.  He would get pretty excited about chairs as well.  It could have rubbed off on me.  But really it was my dad that opened my eyes to the possibilities of painting chairs.  He had a variety of chairs in his house that he picked up at different places, as well as the chairs that were passed down in the family for generations.  He said to watch people as they came in and see which chairs they sat in.  He thought you could tell a lot about a person by which one they chose.  The chairs themselves have personality, and draw certain people to them.  At the moment, I am in the process of painting portraits of my dad's chairs.  I like thinking about him while I work.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Portrait for James Copple

Oil on canvas 18" x 24"
Jim contributed to our adoption in exchange for this painting.  We're so happy to have his support.

Coffin Ship

18" x 22" oil on canvas

Jim and his wife have ancestors from Ireland and were really touched by this memorial of a coffin ship.  His wife, Colleen, has ancestors that were turned  away from the United States because they were so poor and sick from crossing in a boat like this from Ireland.  They went to Canada instead.  Eventually they immigrated to the United States.

The Lovely Colleen
This painting is a companion piece to Jim's portrait, and they hang together.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Finished portraits!

These paintings are for the director of HGS and are portraits of her daughters.  They are each 16" x 20" (oil on canvas).