The woman in the middle of this image is Leah Lopez, one of my very favorite living artists and dear friend.
Leah is also my mentor. I’ve been studying with Leah for several years, both at the New York Academy of Art and at her own New York City studio. She is a very gifted teacher, and always inspiring; hence, the subject of this blog post – My Mentor, My Friend, My Art.
I created this little painting after a magical painting adventure in Provence, France. Along on this wonderful trip were several others, including my husband, Stan, and our granddaughter, Amanda.
To be precise, my husband and I visited an adorable Norwich Terrier named Toby, as well as our dear friends, Carey and John, Toby’s owners.
The portrait I painted of Toby, a Norwich Terrier, as a surprise for Carey last year is displayed in their home. It was commissioned by Carey’s husband, John, as a Christmas gift – and Carey indeed wondered why John was suddenly so busy photographing Toby. We were the fortunate and happy weekend guests of this crowd…great fun!
Toby and Carey…and Toby!
I met Carey in 7th grade. She and John are wonderful people and dear friends. Toby is a very endearing two year old who likes to lick people’s legs.
Jane and Her “Artist” Knox
My friend is an executive at Bobbi Brown, my very favorite cosmetics company, and she set up the appointment for me. An adorable makeup artist named Knox taught me patiently and with humor, as he applied about 20 products, with results that delighted me. He was also fun to chat with, and as it turned out, his brother went to the prep school where my son teaches in New England! It’s a small world after all.
I’ll try to keep Knox’s delicacy and assurance in mind from now on as I paint.
Please visit my web site, Pets By hArt, for examples of my work.
Thank you for your continued support,