I had the privilege of painting these flowers of many colors for a very darling lady, Bonnie Lauring. She herself, is such a lovely lady, glowing and reflecting the beauty of the flowers. She loved how the beautiful colors made her feel, so she asked to have these flowers hand painted on her cabinet doors of her bathroom vanity. It was such a joy having the opportunity to paint this variety of different colored roses and daisy's. It leaves me awestruck at each individual flower that God has made perfectly unique. As I was dwelling on the magnificence of Gods roses, I'm reminded of a song which says .."like a rose..trampled on the ground.. He took the fall.. and thought of me.. above all".. Someone far more beautiful than a rose, Jesus, displayed the greatest love imaginable when he gave his life so we could live. I hope to bring Him praise as He allows me to a part of His plan, the opportunity to reflect some of His greatness, through paint, so others can see maybe a little more clearly.. the true artist, the makers hand behind all this, holding everything together for His dearly loved children.
By Gods grace, I had the honor of painting this darling couple, referencing multiple 40yr old photographs from their wedding day, which I don't normally do. It was a challenge, but it turned out wonderful and they loved it too. Their wonderful son and Amherst school music teacher, Paul, had a beautiful idea to commission it for them. It was a surprise gift for his parents living in Florida, for their 40th wedding anniversary!
I really enjoyed working and laughing with him, hearing stories about his parents. We met a few times for coffee throughout the process, and when it was delivered, we worked together to find the perfect frame at Partners in Art frame shop in NT, NY. One thing he mentioned was that he believed it to be the best thing he had spent money on. I received a big hug when he left and later I found out his parents loved it too! I'm so glad I got a chance to work with Paul and and paint this portrait of his parents, for their family to enjoy in years to come!
I was thrilled to be in this Jr & Scholarship Exhibition at The Salmagundi Art Club in New York.
My husband, William, my son, Donny and I drove out for the Reception this past weekend and had a blast!
It was nice catching up with some friends and meeting new ones. Donny's first time to NYC and He really loved it, He was very proud of his painting of his titled 'Tender Heart' in the show and even more excited and surprised when he won an award! (pastel book award) I love how Donny can be Tender Hearted and a Teddy Bear like when he was hugging everyone he met at the show!
'My Life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by my Lord Jesus.' A.20:24
Here are a few paintings that were completed this past year for 'Painting for Good Causes' These are children that are in foster care hoping to be adopted and find a forever home. These paintings are on display at the Heart Gallery's of Saratoga, Florida and Sacramento, California where they can bring awareness and inspiration to adopt these children of Gods and ultimately given to the child to keep when they are adopted, reminding them how precious they are. The Last painting is one I completed for friends who went all the way to China to adopt this 11yr. old girl named Fen. Without this rescue, who knows the greater trials she may have faced in her country. At 11yrs. the children would be put out of the orphanage and left in the streets. My heart and prayer is to make a difference, through the tools god has given me to give the least, children especially a voice that is heard through painting.
The painting progressing in my studio
Sponsors for 'Serenity' Painted Piano for Kenmore NY
I had the privilege and honor to attend the Portrait Society of America Conference for the second time. this time winning a scholarship to attend in Atlanta GA last week. A wonderful organization whose purpose is not only to enhance an understanding of the practice, techniques and applications of fine art portraiture and figurative works and making a difference in the world through painting in combination with great character, immensely talented and hard working, humble, generous, friendly people bringing others to a see the world through the eyes of faith, love and appreciation for people as they express that in their paintings as well as relationships. I am blessed to touch base with friends from out of state and meet many more fabulous people and artists with faith and purpose.
The conference was so inspiring, anyone interested in fine art painting and portraiture would benefit to attend, with master artists from all over the world doing demonstrations, sharing story's, education and insights to being an artist or a portrait painter today. Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler Michael Shane Neil, John Howard Sanden and Richard Schmit, celebrated and accomplished masters and educators in traditional painting who persevered and stayed true to their convictions of what they believed to be true of fine painting, humbly looking to masters such as John Singer Sargent and Norman Rochwell in contrast to what was popular in the art market at their time, but now reviving an appreciation for traditional portraiture a higher quality of character and purpose. Art reflects the character of our generation. Traditional painting through immense hard work, patience, humility and love comes people of that character.
Being so captivated by painting children lately, of course I took the class on a child's portrait with Michael Shane Neil, whose life changed when having a child, like myself a mother, fell in love with painting children. He did a demonstration on stage painting his daughter Lily K. As most of us couldn't imagine a child sitting still and posing from life for a painting, Michael Shane Neil has had great success with it.
This artist cares deeply for his subjects, spending time getting to know and love them is a significant part of painting their portrait. As I can relate when painting my nieces and nephews from life when I can, Is so much fun, the interaction with them in person and my love and appreciation for them is more intense then just looking at a photograph alone. I also find It to be an important part of the commission process to take the time to spend getting to know the child I am painting, playing with them, talking to them like a person with a unique personality and characteristics. The purpose of an artist is to express their subject out of love so the world can see and appreciate them in a new way.
I was also moved by Michelle Dunaway's personal story of faith in her lecture at the conference. As I could strongly relate to her as she spoke of Gods influence in her life and career as an artist. Her father had a stroke and she gave up her career and painting to take care of her father, continuing to seek God, she felt him prompting her to start painting again, specifically her painting 'Jane Seymours daughters' in which was immediately purchased on completion and won an award at the Portrait Society's international competition, bringing about many more commissions for her. Without faith in Christ, putting a love for him and others first, she would not be where she is now, successful in her career as well.
Last but not least, I want to mention my awesome and incredibly supportive husband, William came to the conference with me, sharing the same appreciation for God, art and people. He restored an adorable vintage camper that we traveled in to the conference. We met the NYS ambassador, Patricia for the PSOA and plan on working together, to enhance traditional portraiture in our state. Get in touch if you are interested in the Portrait Society.
view competition winners and get more info on the PSOA Website.
watch videos and see more pictures on their facebook page
'He has Chosen you.. and brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.' 1 Peter 2:9
I'm so honored to have been inspired by God to complete this painting for this rapidly growing, incredible ministry that I love, The CareNet Pregnancy Center in Lockport, NY. The CareNet Pregnancy Center's mission is 'To affirm the value of life by providing compassionate per council, truthful resources, practical assistance, and the hope of Christ to those experiencing pregnancy related decisions.' This nonprofit organization offers free services such as pregnancy tests, Ultrasounds and much more for those in need. They were a blessing to me when I had my son, Donny. This is a picture of William and I with the director, Cindra Enzinna with the painting at their annual banquet Oct. 6,2016 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, NY where the painting was shown for the first time. I'm humbled to be able to tell my story by the grace and presence of God in my life and have it speak to others and moved others to tears. [My story below]
A song by Jesus Culture [below] spoke to me during the process of the painting, which is part of my self portrait series. This painting 'Chosen' was the time in my life when I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant, followed by a battle for custody of my son a few years later.
Christ reached out to me through The CareNet Pregnancy Center and brought me hope during a hopeless time. When I chose to reach out to Christ, He met me in a dream and a whisper 'trust me'. He had my baby safe in His hand.
I hope this painting will bring hope to those men, women and children in need suffering or struggling with trials surrounding unexpected pregnancies, the birth, life or loss of a child. To shine light on the heart of Christ who wants us to cast our cares on Him, find grace, forgiveness and experience His goodness. He is a God who wants to be close to the brokenhearted. As you see in the scar on His hand, He is not too far not to empathize with our weakness, pain or suffering, He experienced it himself for us on the cross so we could have a close relationship with Him and eternal life, where all things will be made right, If we put our trust in Him.
I now realize the mystery is that, though unworthy, He has chosen me, my family, my son, Donny, my husband, William and all those who cry out to Him to be part of His great plan and purpose, to live the heart of God, to love the least of these. ~Lamb & Lion Studios ~ Christine Miller
'He has Chosen you..and brought you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.' 1 Peter 2:9
I am so honored to both have my painting 'Beyond Waters Deep' be accepted into the Salmagundi Clubs Annual Open Painting & Sculpture Exhibit & to Win the 'Katlan Family Seascape Award'! The Salmagundi Club is an fabulous & friendly Gallery in Manhattan NY, We had an amazing time meeting so many wonderful people here! My story behind this painting is in the song to your right 'Where feet may fail'
Here I am again honored to have my horse pastel paintings 'Hope' & 'Steadfast'
at the Animal & Wildlife Exhibition, Mills Pond Gallery in Long Island NY.
So much beautiful work and beautiful people...
Here are a few pictures of other incredible work and a few of my new friends, Allison & Tim Newton.
William & I also got to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and study the masterworks.
Here we are in front of a one of the greatest images of young romance, painted by Pierre-Auguste Cot.
Find The 'Story of Springtime' written by Fred Ross, Art Renewal Center.
We had a wonderful time at the Lockport Chalk Festival this past weekend, talking and hanging out with friends and making new ones while painting my model and dear friend, Amber. My son got to work on some chalk art along side me painting which was awesome, turns out he got more customers than I did! :/ :)
This past Christmas Show was inspired through this first painting of Jesus! Raising money through the proceeds from the show to donate to the poorest children in the world through Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child.
It is truly more blessed to give then to receive!
This is just the beginning of plans to become a ministry in helping the poor & needy through paintings, & a series of work painting Jesus. Inspired by God to paint Jesus & dedicate the painting & this Christmas show back to God while dedicating my life to the mission in Matthew 26:31-40
I wrote this poem in response to this painting & what Jesus was saying in these verses. Come to future shows, there will be another one coming up at Easter time & hear more of the stories behind the work.