Why I paint
I respect children and am interested in painting their inherent
uniqueness as truthfully as possible. I think my paintings have
been successful because you are an expert about your child; I’ll
listen to the advise you’ll give me about what captures them.
I know it’s meaningful for me to paint someone, and I hope the portrait
will be meaningful to you.
On a number of occasions a client has said - if my house was on fire, or
a hurricane hit, after my family and pets were out, I’d grab the portrait
“We were away when our house burned down. Nothing was saved. My neighbors
got together and recommissioned Gwen’s portrait of my two children. It was
an unbelievable gift, one of the most meaningful gifts I’ve ever received.
I recommissioned the other two portraits she had painted of my children last
year. They are my children right down to the twinkle in their eyes”,
“It is amazing to me that the light,airy, almost whimsical medium of watercolor
can be so detailed that the child could walk out of the portrait. The paintings
portray naturally the essence of my children’s personalities - down to mannerisms
of hands and feet.”,
For 20 years I’ve enjoyed painting portraits of children and adults. Most of my
work is with children. I’ve filled at least 600 orders for paintings and have very
often worked for a client several times; either painting all the children in a family
at one time, or painting, over the years, each child at one favored age.
I enjoy children and have taught art and art history, for years, as a volunteer at Ortega
Elementary. My sons attended there, years ago. I find the children keep my interest in
art fresh - they have wonderful ideas.