Mrs. Gladden 24×30″ oil portrait

Portrait of Soldier

This painting was very fun to do. I enjoyed the change in subject matter and the strength of the composition in the original reference photo that didn’t take much altering. The commissioner wanted his face to look more recent, as the original reference photo was taken about 10 years ago.

“The Man with the Alpaca Felt Hat”

This was a voluntary portrait of a friend. The picture was taken the first day we met and he was sporting one of his wife’s hand-made alpaca hats. He looked so frail and yet his personality was so colorful, that I just had to try to capture that in this watercolor / colored pencil sketch.

“Not My Will, But..”

"Not my Will, But..."
“Not my Will, But…”

This painting was created this year in April. It is water color and graphite, with acrylic accents. I wanted to depict what it was like for Jesus in that moment of decision in the garden of Gethsemane when he had to choose God’s will or his own. It struck me how real it is that Christ actually shared in our temptations, just like the Bible claims and he never asks us to do anything he didn’t do first!

“65 MPH”

This was my original piece created for my senior show at College of the Ozarks. It consists of a tromp l’oeil portrait in a real truck-door frame. I painted it white to blend in with the wall, but the new owners who bought it had it painted dark brown to match the decor. It is a permanent decoration at Country Living Assisted Living in Mountain Grove.