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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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 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. ♥ 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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A Talented Roost Family Portrait

When I was little and started out in my own 'big girl bed', my brother shared a room with me. I know it must have been "lame" to have to share a room with your little sister (especially when she woke you up every night to "gotta tell mommy something"), but I felt comforted knowing he looked out for me. I watched him grow up…

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