I'm posting a few more of my recent pastel work and demonstrations completed from my summer shows. It was a blessed time meeting such amazing people. A strong sense of familiarity, personality and emotion was expressed about my work on display. So many exciting stories, some teary eyed and moved by our conversations, my vision and the people in my portraits. I am honored by the many comments from people who saw the masters in my work. All the master's I so much admire, Sargent, Cassatt, Michelangelo and more. How amazing, I give God the glory. As I seek Him, His plan and divine moments unfold. The first pastel 'Gift from God' is also a study for a conceptual painting I will be doing this year. Stay posted for more of that story to come. God is doing great things and I couldn't be more excited as to what comes next.
I am honored to have been commissioned to paint the lovely and beautiful mother and daughter, 'Marilyn & Andy'. Then invited to show and unveil the painting at the 'Wilson Wine & Art Festival' this past weekend. As if that's not enough, I am thrilled to have won the 'Best of Show' award at the festival.
When Marilyn first commissioned me, she told me she was going on a trip to Italy with her daughter. We worked together with the furniture and colors in the painting to remember Italy. Marilyn also wore her mothers ring to make her a part of the piece reflecting her desire to celebrate their family heritage. She wanted to reflect what she was passing on to her daughter, Andrea, the strong one now taking on the world.
I still didn't know Marilyn and Andrea all that well so I pray to the one who sees the internal, hearts and minds. I pray God would work and speak through my painting so I give Him the highest praise
When Marilyn first saw her painting she said "Its breathtaking, No one could have captured the emotion and meaning that this portrait conveys, we will cherish it forever." She cryed and told me she was fascinated how when she looked at them in the painting, she could see her and her daughters' own thoughts and feelings that it blew her away. This is the power of God I say.
A successful day at the Lockport Community Market last week. Met many wonderful people at the show. I will be back the last Saturday of the Market Oct. 3rd 9am-TBA for their Locktoberfest. Here is my finished pastel portrait of my 1yr. old neice, 'Joy' which I had in progress at the show. She is a character., I got my reference photos between her singing to me, it was sweet. I'm so glad I got to do this portrait of her.
I just delivered this family portrait, commissioned by the husband as a surprise birthday gift for his wife. A pastel painting of his wife and their two children. What a beautiful love story told by Gods grace.
I am so happy to display this portrait commission of Brittany and her first horse, 'Hope'. 'Britt's Hope' was commissioned and presented as a surprise Christmas Gift for Brittany! I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to paint this treasure for her. Brittany has a beautiful natural connection with horses. I pray this painting brings hope and blessings for Brittany as she follows her biggest dream and passion for horses.
Here is the completed Portrait commissioned by their cousin, Melanie of the 5 siblings, Steve, Dan, Mark, Marie & my mother, Anne. I had a wonderful time completing their portraits and spending time with them at the unveiling event. I hope this portrait carries love, memories and a history of these amazing people & That God be given the glory for His creation & that they would enjoy Gods Blessings & everlasting life.
‘Beyond Water’s Deep’ received First Place, Peoples Choice Award at Lockside Art Center’s ‘WNY Exhibit’ Aug.2014
Oct. 8th- Nov. 3rd, 2014, ‘Beyond Waters Deep’ is in the Academy of Realist Art's
‘The New Masters Exhibition’ at the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto, NY.
Opening Reception Oct. 9th 6:30-9:30 PM
This Summer I enjoyed painting with artists and alumni from Buffalo State College. An event of plein air painting with models, organized by Marilynn Wilson at her cottage near Wilson Harbor. Marilynn Wilson has the desire and plans to bring the beauty of the art to Wilson NY.
I painted a study of Amber posing at the waters edge from life and later took photos back to my studio to enlarge the scene. You can see my process in the pictures.
While painting this, a song played in my head by Hillsong United’s album Oceans ‘Where feet may fail’. This was my prayer through the process of this painting.
I was moved while painting water, that is ever changing, much like people, but God is like a rock, He stays the same. I’m always thinking, trying to represent what’s going on inside the person I’m painting. Always wondering what was she thinking at this very moment, that being a struggle. I remember God alone truly knows what’s inside hearts and minds, reaching far beyond exterior. So I put my faith in Him who holds the mystery, my desire that His spirit would be in my painting.
‘Donny 4 Blue’ is the first oil painted portrait I’ve completed of my son.
The inspiration started in Feb. 2014. My son’s friend, Ben got suddenly sick with cancer and passed away. This was a heart wrenching time. My son was concerned for Ben and told me he knew Ben was happy playing in heaven now.
My son and I began to pray every night and read his Bible this summer. Donny prayed for Jesus to come into his heart and asked God if he could walk on water when he gets to heaven.
This painting was a time for me to pray for my son. Donny is wearing Ben’s favorite color, Blue in the painting. Remembering Ben’s story I was reminded that my son is not my own, but is God’s.
A song by Jesus Culture, ‘Fill Me up’ put me in tears. Reminding me of the story of Abraham and Isaac. God wants me to trust Him and pray that His spirit will be with my son through life's journey.
Lewiston Art Festival was lovely this past weekend. My self portrait painting ‘Facing Faith’ was an eye catcher at the show. I was glad to see this since this painting represents my artistic vision, to trust and put my faith in God through the painting process, my life and give Him the credit. It appears unfinished with its green shadows because God is not done with the work. I couldn’t ask for more, watching it speak to others.
I also had a great time painting from an incredible model, Amber. I used a canvas toned with Ivory Black, yellow ochre and Titanium white. My pallet for this monochrome painting was Black, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.
Amber was so beautiful with a spotlight of sunshine falling onto her face, which came from a window on top of the tent. It was nice knowing people really enjoyed watching us. Even the painter across the street, Kath Schifano was moved by the seen to paint us. It felt as though time stood still in these moments.
Working from life and in daylight can be a challenge. The light continues to move and shadows change. The first image, a ¾ view of Amber is what I painted at the Show. The second is a profile view of Amber that I painted from my studio with a single spot light that never changed. Both were aprox. 3 hr. poses.
If clients like this option and would like to pose for a 3hr. sitting, I am willing to do custom paintings such as these for a much lower price in appreciation for the chance to paint from life. Contact me if your interested.