Chicken Hat Happiness
Embroidery Days 2
Teddy Bear Bond
A Good Man
Christmas Party Dress (Self-Portrait)
Portrait of a Lady
Family Ties2017Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard12” x 19” x 1.25”300.00 Portrait of my granddad and dad (his dad), taken from photos of when they were both around the same age. Even though the photographs used were about 35 years apart, their features and pose were so similar I realized they should be framed together.
Embroidery Days2016Watercolor, pen, and acrylic on paper, canvas, and foamboard11.5" x 14.25"250.00 Portrait of my mom from the 1950s, with the original photo used being black and white. She grew up during the New Deal in West Virginia, when women were learning new trades, especially how to sew, and learned from her mother and grandmother, characterized by the embroidery frame.
Chicken Hat Happiness2016Watercolor, pen, and acrylic on paper, canvas, and foamboard26.5” x 34”300.00 Portrait of my mom taken recently. The frame's design elements, coloring, and wood grain is based off of the Pennsylvania Dutch style blanket chest made for her when she was little, that I now have.
The Colonel2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard19” x 20” x 1.25”250.00 Portrait of my Uncle from several years back. I loved his pose in the photo, and had a lot of fun drawing in his wrinkles, hair, and plaid shirt. I left his frame quiet with a dark wood grain, partly due to his personality, but I also didn't want to make the entire piece too busy with an elaborate frame.
Ft. Myers2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard19.5” x 28” x 1.25”275.00 Portrait of my aunt from the 1950's, right after she was married. The photo was a black and white Polaroid, probably taken by my dad on a family trip to Ft. Myers, so I wanted to leave most of it black and white with the frame mimicking a Polaroid border as an homage to that time. The writing on the bottom is meant to copy my dad's writing, as he usually wrote on most of the photos.
In Conversation2016Watercolor, pen, and acrylic on paper and foamboard13.25” x 19.75” 1.25”250.00 Portrait of my grandmother (mom's side) from the 1970's. I was about 3 when she died, so I don't remember her, but I have several pictures of her passed down to me. The quilt frame symbolizes the quilting she did, and copies exactly a section of the silk fabric quilt I have that she may have helped make. I love the way she's turned to the camera, mouth open, as if about to say something, hence the title of the piece.
Embroidery Days 22017Watercolor, acrylic, and pen on paper and foamboard 12" x 16" x 1"250.00 Portrait of my mom from the 1950s, taken from a black and white photo. I made two versions of this drawing, and because they were both pretty different, made two different frames with slightly different coloring for each. The frame here symbolizes her Pennsylvania Dutch upbringing.
Page County2016Watercolor, pen, and acrylic on paper and foamboard14.5” x 19” x 1.25”275.00 Portrait of my Great, Great, Great Grandfather Thomas A. Hite, from around the 1870's. I loved the coloring and regalness of this portrait, being extremely interested in tintype photographs and frames from that era. I used the same coloring and marks found in the original photo, and then added a gold cracked and aged frame to mimic the type of frame that may have held a photo like this back in his time.
Lelah2017Watercolor, acrylic, and pen on paper and foamboard24" x 32.25" x 1.25"Sold Portrait of my great, great aunt from around 1917. The original photo I have is about 20" x 24", black and white, and is something I've always wanted to make into a colorized watercolor portrait. I researched the colors her hat may have been at the time, and added pink shading for the dress. The photo had a dark velvet floral fabric border my dad added, so I made the frame to resemble a floral fabric, sanding it down to add softness and using pink to match her dress.
Teddy Bear Bond2017Watercolor, pen, acrylic, and gouache on paper and foamboard12" x 15" x 1"250.00 Portrait of me and my grandmother (mom's side), from about 1982, about a year before she died. I was too young to know her, but I thought her giving me the teddy bear was a way to show the bond we had, even though now it's only a printed memory. The frame wasn't supposed to be this regal looking, but as I added in colors from the portrait so they worked together, it's since grown on me. I also think the gold design piece bottom center points upward to highlight the teddy bear.
A Good Man2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard17” x 21” x 1.25”250.00 Portrait of my dad from a photo taken several years ago. I had two different versions of this drawing, both drawn several years ago, and although I don't use as much line as I used to, the drawing worked beautifully with the shading I've starting incorporating into every piece. The frame was made solely to complement his personality and the overall look of the portrait.
Betty Hoover2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard18.25” x 25.25” x 1.25”275.00 Portrait of my grandmother (dad's side), Betty Hoover, from a photo taken in the 1960s. I grew up around her, and I love the fact she never quite smiles in any of her photographs. The original photo was a black and white polaroid, so I made sure to highlight her makeup at the time, and add a fancy frame I think would have framed this picture back when it was taken. I'm not sure what the design on her shirt was meant to signify, though I imagine it had something to do with a club she was probably in at the time.
Christmas Party Dress (Self-Portrait)2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard20.5” x 27” x 1.25”300.00Portrait of me taken around Christmastime of 1984. I had made another drawing of this years ago, and wanted to try it again with the new style I've adopted over the past couple years. I wanted the background to be quiet, all in monochromatic blues painted in acrylic paint, and I'm in watercolor and gouache to stand out. I still own a lot of my drawings growing up, when I used to write my name backwards, so I recreated a couple of those drawings, watered down the paper to look aged, added color pencil and a strip of golden tulle to complete the piece.
Fading, 19372016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard11.5” x 16” x 1.25”225.00 Portrait of my dad taken in 1937 at his relatives house/hotel in Michigan. My dad passed away a couple years ago, so since the original photo was black and white, I wanted to keep that mixed in with a small amount to color, to show that he is, in a sense, fading into memory now. The frame is made to look like the entwined roots of a family tree, to show his love of genealogy, and the reason I have so many photos and knowledge of my extended family.
Waiting2016Watercolor, pen, acrylic, and fabric on paper, canvas, and foamboard12.5” x 16.25” x 1.25”250.00 Portrait of my grandmother (mom's side), taken sometime around 1972. I loved her quiet stare into the camera, sitting by the window as if waiting for someone or something, lost in thought. The crocheted frame symbolizes her upbringing and know-how in sewing, and I added a small amount of white ribbon to the edges for added effect.
Ridley2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper, canvas, and foamboard31.5” x 39.5”350.00 Portrait of my Great Great Grandfather Jacob Ridley, from a photo taken probably during the 1880's. Even though the photo was small, his presence seemed larger than life, which is why I chose this to be my largest portrait to date. The coloring mimics the original photo, with a slight bit of color added to his cheeks, and an elaborate frame to complete the piece.
Arthur2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper and foamboard9" x 13" x 1"225.00 Portrait of a boy my boyfriend's dad grew up with, black and white and taken during the 1960's, and the only photo not related to me in any way. I had made the frame for another piece, and was one of the first elaborate frames I had made, and thought he fit perfectly with it. The main reason I made him into his drawing was because I loved his ears and overall look.
August Afternoon2016Watercolor, pen and acrylic on paper, foamboard, and canvas18" X 22.25"250.00 Portrait of my dad taken from a photo from several years ago. He always liked to sit on the porch and read the paper, so I thought this a fitting tribute to him. He was also a railroader, so I tried to create a frame using elements from a railroad track.
Pinocchio, 1984Watercolor and Pen on paper, 16" x 20", 2014
Portrait of a LadyWatercolor and pen on paper, 17" x 20", 2014
90's GlassesWatercolor and Pen on paper, 18" x 21", 2013
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