The Wise Beauties, Loretta Jenkins
I love the way Loretta Jenkins Wise Beauties, above, peer into the image frame at us so powerfully and with such hard direct gazes!
Over the past 25 years Loretta Jenkins has been working as a professional portrait artist in and around North Idaho and Eastern Washington State and online. “I have worked at doing portrait commissions in malls, galleries and resorts throughout the area, drawing and painting from life and photographs. I am well known in the local area and my work is included in personal collections throughout the US, Canada and Europe. I have been invited to parties and events numerous times to paint and draw for part of their fun activities,” says Loretta.
Home in North Idaho in 1952, Loretta Jenkins
Loretta Jenkins often uses photographs provided by her clients to create unique paintings and drawings of large or single groupings of families. She has used old or vintage photographs and combined them with the new to create unique artworks. In the charcoal drawing above, titled Home in North Idaho in 1952, the artist worked from a family photograph of her brothers and cousins at play at their family log cabin located at Cocoalla, Idaho in the nineteen-fifties. Loretta explains why she is absent from the photo– “I was still a baby, so I wasn’t big enough to be outside playing with the family.” She created this drawing as a gift for her brother.
Motherhood, Loretta Jenkins
Loretta’s painting Motherhood is available as prints on paper in two sizes–click here for details and pricing.
Learning From Grandpa, Loretta Jenkins
Loretta Jenkins artwork above, Learning From Grandpa, was a commissioned watercolor painting.
Innocence, Loretta Jenkins
Her painting of a baby who fell asleep in his high chair is based on a 1950’s photographer of her cousin in infancy own by the artist’s grandmother. The artist added the beautifully rendered dogs for additional interest.
Pueblo Clown, Loretta Jenkins
Loretta describes her color drawing Pueblo Clown as a friend’s son celebrating with his tribe.
Gossips, Loretta Jenkins
Loretta uses collections of photographs to recreate a special time, place or memory.
View Loretta Jenkins’ full portfolio here.