Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Desdemona Fullmer

20x30 acrylic on a wood canvas. Part of the large canvas series of J.S's wives

Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Joanna

A fun commission in my forgotten wives style, notice the Ordain Women logo and the feminist symbol on the earring.  This woman inspires me. I hope she likes her portrait.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Serene

Serene was a beautiful strong Mormon pioneer. An Indian chief asked for one of her blonde braids and she said NO. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

My Wasatch WOCA ladies

I did this for fun,  I was pleasantly surprised with the turn out, this is a style I'd like to work on more.  I love these gals so much, they are my tribe! These women are accomplished, smart, have the biggest hearts and are so much fun! 

Joseph Smith 3 and Emma


 John Hamer of the Community of Christ in Toronto Canada commissioned these two paintings.  It's so exciting to think my work will be in Canada! Acrylic on 12x16 canvases 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Birthday card for mom

A little painting of mom's old sewing machine. She has had newer models, but always goes back to her old Singer machine. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Emma

 Painting of Emma with a tiara representing that she was J.S.'s first and only legal wife and a name tag with the name Emma Bidamon, the name of her second husband. 24x24 on a wood canvas, on sale in our Etsy shop.

Dialogue silent auction painting

This is my interpretation of Dialogue's first magazine cover in 1966 by Paul Salisbury 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Carol Lynn Pearson

 Carolyn Lynn just wrote a book on Poygamy, my friend Kim asked me to paint her, I decided painting her in the Forgotten Wives style, was the only way to go.  I get a lot of requests for this fun quirky style. I think it's all about the neck! :)  I love her rainbow scarf! I hope this makes her smile! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stockton

This is a painting of a 16 year old boy that passed away this week, we lost him and 4 other LDS LGBT children. My heart breaks.   You can tell this boy had a beautiful spirit, I've seen several pictures of him, his smile is contagious.  I hope his family enjoys this painting, I put my heart in it. Thank you Kimberly Anderson for this commission, you are always looking out for everyone, you are the ultimate example of a Mama Dragon. Thank you also to all the others who so willingly pitched in to pay me, I appreciate it very much and was so touched by your trust in me  with this very special project.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Roxi

 I love painting these colorful loose watercolors! Roxi passed away and this was a commission by her family, I hope this painting brings back a lot of happy memories. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Madam Pattirini touch up

 I felt rushed to finish Madam Pattirini for Pride week. I spent 3 hours on her last night and am very happy with her now!  

Friday, June 3, 2016

Brigham Morris Young - Madam Pattirini

 Morris is the son of Brigham Young and Margaret Pierce. He served a mission to Hawaii and started the Young Men's program for the LDS church.  Shortly after returning from his second mission with his wife Armeda Snow, a daughter of Lorenzo Snow, and his son Lorenzo Snow Young, Morris began publicly performing as a cross-dressing opera singer under the pseudonym Madam Pattirini. Apparently she had an amazing falsetto. Madame Pattirini preformed in wards and stakes throughout Utah.  I find it interesting that the church welcomed her in their buildings and  enjoyed her performances.  This is an acrylic painting on a 36x20 wood canvas, made by my very talented husband.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Secret Mormon Sex Lives art

A friend of mine asked me to do a painting for the cover of her book. I did this yesterday as a practice run but Karen loved it and put it up on her website. I have to admit, I love the loose raw look and bold colors, we'll see if we end up using this version or not.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Letti Dewey Campbell

This was a commission from some friends in St George. Lettie's regal beauty struck me. Usually photos from this era are drab and somber, but not this one.  I was concerned I might not be able to capture her essence, but I am thrilled with this painting and I hope Bob and Roseann are. 8x10 watercolor 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Melissa Lott

 I thought it would be fun to show you the photo of Melissa that I worked off.  As you can see, I  don't get hung up on a real likeness, I just want to add color and make art that would be fun to hang in your home and honor our pioneer foremothers.

Melissa was one of Joseph Smith's wives, she had 7 children, had a beautiful singing voice and ended up living in Lehi Utah. She must have had a lot of descendants because I get a lot of requests for paintings of her.  There is an interesting story about her involvement in the Temple Lot case, but I won't go into it here. 24x24 acrylic on a handmade wood canvas

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Virginia- commission

Beautiful Virginia with her lovely white hair and pearls at her 90th birthday celebration. 5x7 watercolor in the "Forgotten Wives"style

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cottonwood Heights home

A little watercolor for a good friend. She's selling the home she raised her family in, hopefully this painting will bring happy memories back.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Jerusha and Lovinia Smith

 
 I enjoyed painting Hyrum Smith's wife and their daughter Lovinia.    This was a commission from a descendant that wanted paintings of her pioneer women ancestors.  I love the idea of honoring these women, I could only find one rough sketch of Jerusha and one photo of Lovina. I hope these colorful and whimsical images  that were painted in the "Forgotten Wives" style will start a conversation about these great women in our history, we have so much to learn from them. 8x10 watercolor.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Jerusha Smith - Mormon pioneer

 This is a commission from a descendant of Jerusha.  I will be painting her daughter Lovina next. 8x10 watercolor 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Noa - Bev Jozwiak

I am taking a workshop from Bev, this was one of my pieces. Bev is one of my favorite artists, she is a great teacher too. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mormon Outlaw- Orrin Porter Rockwell

I took a break from painting Mormon women to paint Porter Rockwell. I have not read much about him, I've just heard the folklore about him being a body guard to J.S. And B.Y., and that he was called "The Destroying Angel of Mormondom" I did read one story that I found interesting about how J.S. told him he would be safe from his enemies if he never cut his hair, but he did cut his hair once to make a wig for Agnes Coolbrith when she lost her hair from typhoid fever.  Agnes was one of J.S.'s polygamous wives, I painted her as part of my Forgotten Wives collection.  24x24 acrylic on a wood canvas . I think this painting would be great in a cabin, or in a bar.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Mormon Outlaw - sunday sketch

 I decided to sketch Porter Rockwell to see if I should do a large painting of him. I think I will!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Baby Nico

I did a  little watercolor sketch of Angie and Steve's baby. I believe this is after his first bath. He looks so happy and content all snuggled up in his little wrap. He is such a beautiful  baby. 4x6 watercolor 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Zina Huntington Jacobs Young Smith

Zina is probably my favorite of Joseph's wives. I  highly recommend listening to her story on the Year of Polygamy podcast, or to read the chapter about her in Todd Compton's book " In Sacred Loneliness " I painted Zina holding a picture of her husband Henry Jacobs. Joseph and Brigham both married Zina while she was married to Henry. Henry wrote love letters to Zina all thru her life. Her story will rip your heart out.  

 This is an acrylic painting on a 24x24 wood canvas. I haven't decided on a title yet.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gotcha Day for Madeleine

 I did this painting for a couple in Oregon.  This is Madeleine and her daddy on her adoption day. 8x10 watercolor. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Amazing and Adorable Lord Family

 i just finished Sol. I just love how this little family turned out. 5x7 watercolor. Thanks Tiffany for letting me paint your family.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Eliza

This is Tiffany's adorable daughter Eliza, I had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks ago, she  is as sweet as she is beautiful.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tiffany

This is a friend who asked me to paint her family. I decided to paint her in the Forgotten Wives style to get warmed up. I'm excited to paint her kids, they are the cutest kids ever! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Bob Marley

 24x24 acrylic on a wood frame. This is a housewarming gift for my daughter Jana.

Monday, February 22, 2016

5 Tiny Graves

This is Louisa Beaman. She married Joseph in a field disguised as a man with a hat and a coat. George A. Smith named a settlement "Fort Louisa" in her honor, the name didn't last long, eventually they changed the name of the town to Parawon. After J.S.'s death she married Brigham Young and came west. She had two sets of twins and a single birth. All five children died. Acrylic painting on a 24x24 inch wood canvas

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A little touch up on 'Apostates'

I did this painting last month and struggled with the little girl's face, I couldn't get it right. After putting it away for a month, I gave it another try tonight and am much happier with it.  I wanted to post the re-do.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Katie

 This is the third daughter I am doing in this series.  It's been fun trying to capture the essence of them while doing my whimsical characters. Katie's a runner ,  maybe I should invite her to run the Snow Canyon half marathon with me this spring! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Olivia


This is Isabel's sister Olivia.  I've never met her, but you can tell she is a sweetheart, I hope she likes her painting. I love her glasses and her beauty mark - how lucky to have it in the perfect spot! I need to have her mother tell me a little about this young lady and her beautiful big sister Isabel.  I want to  know more..... 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Isabel

I am getting a lot of requests for my 5x7  mini portraits done in the Forgotten Wives style. I really enjoy doing these, they are fun and happy pieces, I try and get a few features from the original photo and then I just go for it!  Next is Isabel's sister Olivia.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Practice piece

I did this painting as practice for the Utah Watercolor Society Spring Show, we'll see if I actually do it. What I love most about this painting is Paul,  his wild hair pulled back in a head band and his big beautiful smile. His arms are so big and strong to hold and  protect his babies. I am a thinking of naming this piece "A Gift From Tonga".  
I feel like if I enter it in a show, it should be perfect, but I love my imperfections in my paintings. This was done while my hubby was watching the Super Bowl.