My daughter Lara dressed as an old world princess. After checking her DNA we found that her heritage comes from North and South America, Africa, Europe and a smidge of Asia. She truly is born of the world. Queen.
Portrait of Lana as Elsa.
Oil on linen.
$1200 24x30 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Based on the children’s scary story of the same name. I purchased the green ribbon and collar to create this image of the girl from the story. I wanted to think about what she might look like in real life. I dressed Elizabeth Holmes up in the costume, braided her hair and then positioned her in several different lighting and chair situations. In the end, I altered her hair to make her bun a little bit more in view and a bit larger than it was in the photo.
Invited to show in the the Epsten Gallery show called “Look me in the eye: portraits of Kansas City” Sept. 2019-Nov. 2019.
$2000 24x30 oil on linen
One day at work I walked into the bathroom and found these two girls sitting on and under the counter with their phones plugged into the outlets. I was immediately struck by the image. My own stepdaughter was always seeking outlets for fear that her battery would get below 50%, oh my. The fact that it was a bathroom showed just how desperate kids can be. I named it outlet because not only were they seeking an outlet to plug their phone into, the phone is also the outlet that they are plugged into. And painting them was the outlet that I plugged into. And now I have this painting on my phone – because its just so meta.
$1200 24x30 oil on linen
My friend Lindsay has a fun life in the music world. Her husband plays lots of instruments and she is learning to play several as well. I asked her to wear a hat in the portrait to tie in with my other “the other hats women wear” series. It gives a little more flavor, style and context to the image. Although the dulcimer is the instrument most in her heart at the moment, she was also learning to play the accordion. We chose the small white version out of the four accordions in the their house because it was so pretty and fits her small frame. The room we created this portrait in was such a nice warm and inviting space, and now she is welcoming a new baby into that very room!
$1200 24x30 oil on linen
This one started as a color pallet. I loved the peachy and magenta together. I also had noticed the trend of flowers on girl’s heads in the illustration world. I had just stopped trying to be an illustrator and decided that I could still use those trends in my paintings as well. So I found some beautiful fake flowers to make a crown and found the shirt in my daughter’s drawer. I put them in my car so that when I had a moment of good lighting or background I could get my daughter to wear them. While at my dad’s for Easter I got my moment. Of course she was fighting me on changing shirts, so I slipped the magenta shirt over her pink one and it serendipitously worked perfectly. I staged her next to a rock wall and at the last minute in the photo shoot had her face the wall. That was it. Her heritage and the wall and the political moment made this the perfect image to paint. A beautiful girl, Mexican, can climb that wall and go anywhere she wants to go.
SOLD 36x48 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
$1200 oil on linen
I met Farah at work, a fellow designer on the card team. I had just moved to her aisle and was happy to get to meet her. As someone who has come from a non-diverse environment I loved being around someone who had a different background. Learning about her culture and religion through her clothing and other rituals was interesting, but mostly I just loved her spritely, joyful and funny attitude. Sometimes it is easy to see a person as a stereotype and when you get the opportunity to see the individual – that is where the magic is. I asked Farah to model for me as I wanted to do a series on “the other hats women wear”. I chose the image to work from that I did because it showed her straight forward, not hiding in any way. Her confidence in who she is was shining.
30x40 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Bohemian Sage Gallery
20x24 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Erica was my former Art Director and she had announced that she was leaving Hallmark in a few weeks when I saw her walking in to work one morning. Her striking scarf in a bun on her head. I just lover her style and she was looking extra amazing that day. I knew I had to ask her to model for me. She said yes! She was the first of my coworkers to model for me and I was so happy that she did. I chose the image that I did because it showed strong and wise and serene nature, all at the same time. Erica is a very spiritual person of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and I wanted to highlight that with light. The dots around her are like a halo that spread to everyone she comes in contact with. This was the beginning of my “other hats that women wear” series.
$1800 36x36 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
I just wanted a beautiful picture of my daughter and to use some new techniques I had learned in an intuitive painting class. I used new tools (spatulas and rollers) and new mark making techniques. I tried to tie her to the background by mixing the marks at the edges of her hair, the roses and her dress. I started this painting with choosing a color pallet. First the colors of the flowers, a lacy dress to match and then did a photo shoot around our yard. In the end I chose to paint her in front of our patch of native grasses and wildflowers. Ultimately, I painted two large paintings from this photo shoot. I may go back and paint a third in the future.
36x48 oil on canvas
$250 16x20 oil on canvas board
8x10 oil on canvas
16x29 oil on canvas board