Fine Art Paintings, Sketches

CaMarie

This woman is one of the few people I know who have a true gift to love with all her heart. I've seen it firsthand when she opened up her home to Clark and me, who shared her family's home for two years. She is a beautiful mom - her children are her world and she would do anything for them. Her true character shined…

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Amy

I am so grateful for this beautiful lady in my life. She's been a watchful and attentive protector of my feelings. Sure, she teased me growing up ;) but when my feelings were hurt, she was quick to come to my rescue and do everything in her power to 'fix it'. I remember when I lost a friend in high school she invited me to…

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Remembering Annie

October of 2016 I came across the news that Jon Schmidt (from Piano Guys), his daughter Annie Schmidt went missing. Sadly she passed away of injuries sustained from an accidental fall while hiking in the north-face cliff area below Munra Point in the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon. While the search was active in trying to find her (it went on for weeks), there was…

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My Friend Lorikay

She walked right up to me and said in a very matter-of-fact tone, "you're in my seat". I thought to myself, "Ummm... I am surrounded by empty seats!" ... I told her, "Oh, I'm sorry. There's a seat right here [pointing to the empty seat right in front of me]." She didn't take kindly to my not getting up, so she sat behind me and grumbled about me being in her seat the entire sacrament meeting.

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Desert Sunflower

This young child (as we are all children on this earth) of God faces life against impossible elements, obstacles, unbearable [heat] pressure. But just as a desert sunflower can find the strength to grow through and rise above it all, so can we all. :)

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A Lesson On Life From My Mom

I've been thinking lately about our course through this life, where we began to where we are now... little girls who grow up to be mothers, and what happens beyond that stage... I visualize who my mother was as a little girl as I sort through her childhood pictures and recognize that once upon a time she was just like me when I was younger;…

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Art Commission: Angel Pup with Siblings

What a wonderful experience it was to create this painting for a fellow 'furbaby momma' :) . Angels surround us everyday; those close connections, whether they be human or beloved pets, comfort us from the other side β€” they never leave us. Like Joanna mentions below, each new spirit we welcome into our home only adds to the love that fills our homes and family.…

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Art Commmission: Baby Ava

The concept or story behind the composition is this: Christ favors the little children and calls upon them to come to Him. "He felt so much love [for them] and happiness that he wept. "  3 Ne. 17:21 Little Ava here is very much alive, and that is why she isn't looking directly at Christ, who has His hand outstretched to her (as He does…

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Family Hands

The beginning of the year is a bit emotional for me, because those close to my heart have passed away (what is it with the beginning of the year where it seems most people pass away?). I was thinking of my brother and a random thought passed my mind... I can't remember what his hands look like. :'(  Oh, and I just cried - the…

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Art Commission: He Was Always There

This beautiful bride lost her father not too long before she was married. She came to me last fall and asked if I would include her father in her family's wedding portrait. I of course said yes!! What an honor it was to show her that, yes, her father was always there. β™₯ Step by Step Art Commission:  

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Art Commission: Memory of My Father and I

I finished this commissioned painting over the Christmas holiday. It was such an enjoyable painting, to recreate an old photograph into something new, all the while preserving the happy memory of a father's love for his child. :)  "Hello Becky - To say that this painting was an unexpected surprise would be an understatement. I think I burst into tears immediately - not tears of sorrow,…

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Looking on… a Heavenly Anniversary

It's my brother's 6 year anniversary today. It's difficult to admit that with each year it gets easier to accept his passing, only because he has technically never left my side. I've always felt him near me every day - especially on the difficult days. Whenever I crumble in tears over various reasons, I immediately feel his familiar presence. He was always so worried about…

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