I have received word that my dear friend, Marion Gagan Kovach, has gone home to be with her Savior. The following Reflection was written just this morning, knowing that He might be coming for her very soon. While I am bereft, already feeling lost without my friend's presence here, I wholeheartedly affirm the words of … Continue reading Advent

The Verge of Chaos

I sat there in front of a photograph on the wall. Straddling a cushioned cube at a local hangout spot, I was drawn to draw him. Ruffly shirt, dark eye peering out of stark value shifts. My own eyes tracing the shapes, the connections between shapes, the value shifts, squinting in order to see better. … Continue reading The Verge of Chaos

Charcoal Love

I'm working through a batch of commission work, some of which is in charcoal. I love working with charcoal, especially portraiture. It is incredibly fun to watch a face emerge out of the ash on the page and to see personality peer back at you through the values. So much fun! I realized I never … Continue reading Charcoal Love

Portrait #22: The Happy Couple

Back in September, my husband officiated the wedding of some sweet friends of ours.  This was perhaps, aside from my own wedding, the loveliest wedding ever! It was held at the beautiful Dewberry Farm here in Kernersville. This portrait is not intended to be a detailed description of the individual faces of the bride and … Continue reading Portrait #22: The Happy Couple

My Delight: Portraits #18-19 & #20-21

It is my delight and honor to be asked to paint a portrait of someone's children.  I can't really describe why...something to do with the privilege of trying to express the personality of the kids coupled with the love the parent has for them.  It seems a tall order.  One that excites and energizes me! … Continue reading My Delight: Portraits #18-19 & #20-21

Portrait #17: Letting Go

Sometimes when we let go we catch a glimpse of our truest selves. -jpe do you like my new WordPress Theme? I needed to let go of the dark background.  At least for now.:)

Portrait #16: The Gentleman Farmer

To attempt to paint a portrait of Mr. Leo Whicker, born September 3, 1927, is like trying to harness (with paint and paper) the wisdom of years and experience, coupled with an effortless joy that is surely hard-won through life's ups and downs.  I have had the privilege of getting to know Mr. Whicker through … Continue reading Portrait #16: The Gentleman Farmer

Portrait #15: Mr. Leo Whicker

  Last Monday, September 3rd, I was walking in my neighborhood, up near The Field, and I was stopped by my friend and neighbor, Mr. Leo Whicker. "Jennifah", he said in his lovely southern accent, "you won't believe what just happened! You know I love donkeys, right?" "Well, yes sir, I do remember that! How … Continue reading Portrait #15: Mr. Leo Whicker

Portrait #14: Moi

  I can see!!!!  Really! I got a new pair of glasses last week, and I can see so much I couldn't before!! This is my first pair of "progressive lenses". Hmmm...  Progressive?  Well, if growing older means I'm progressing, then so be it! It took a couple of days before the fishbowl feel went … Continue reading Portrait #14: Moi

Fè: Portrait #13

Persons of mature age seem to embody a single-pointed purpose.  I often wonder if I will be that way in 30 years. My life now seems so fractured into a zillion purposes: parenting my three kids, nurturing a good marriage, teaching and working, caring for my Type 1 daughter, being available to family and friends, … Continue reading Fè: Portrait #13