I used a vintage photograph of my Mother as a young girl for this painting. The reference photo was sepia tone and I added the color, surrounding Mother in blue, her favorite color. Her parents came from Sweden and settled in Irwin, Pennsylvania. Ida Mae Eckberg was the youngest of six children. Isn't she sweet?
I was intrigued by the weathered wool hat that this old timer is wearing. He is also wearing a cook's apron and I can imagine all kinds of stories to accompany this painting. I will leave the rest to your imagination.
Watercolors became my focus after my studies at Scottsdale Artist's School in recent years. I enjoy painting figurative watercolors from photographs. I call myself an intuitive painter meaning I paint what 'feels' right about my subject. My favorite subjects are musicians. I expecially enjoy bringing vintage photographs to life from my palette of colors. My work is not limited to portraiture; still life, flowers and landscapes find their way to my easel. Since moving to San Antonio I have done some oil painting, a departure from watercolor techniques. I am a member of San Antonio Watercolor Group (SAWG) and Coppini Academy of Fine Art.