Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tribute to my Dad, Dennis Richardson 2/26/2019 ❤️

Dear Dad,

I'm so grateful to have had you as my Dad! How lucky we were! I remember my friends complaining about their Dads, and how they were never really involved in their lives…and me thinking how opposite my situation was. I would actually complain to them how my Dad was a little too involved! Hah!

No matter how busy you were, you always found time for family! Those Saturday one on one "daddy-daughter dates" were really special. You were a very active Dad, taking us on bike rides, camping, teaching us to snow and water ski, how to play tennis. I remember you waking me up at 5 am to go jogging before early morning seminary! Now, as a parent myself, I think how remarkable that really was. You were the epitome of self-discipline and I see that character trait reflected in each of your children.

You took pride in us not being "girly girls" but strong, capable women. There was nothing we could not do. And we believed that. Whatever our dreams were, you helped us actualize them. There was never anything we couldn't do if we put our minds to it. You taught us that. If I wanted to learn to fly an airplane, you were willing to help me reach that goal. If I wanted to earn money, you would brainstorm with ideas of how to make that possible. From teaching piano lessons to selling flower arrangements, you always encouraged me. If Val and I wanted to run for student government, we knew you would help us campaign and that it would be the best campaign Crater had ever seen! You were a marketing genius. We thought you the smartest Dad around!

I always appreciated how you much you supported my art. I'll never forget the time when you surprised me by flying out to my first one-person show at the Scera Theater in Orem, UT, and even bought a painting of your grandson for full price! And this was after you had paid for my college degree in art!

To the world you were a Politician—the republican who would go on the radio or T.V. to debate the tough issues that no one else would talk about! You never backed down on your beliefs. You were known for your integrity, such a rare trait for politicians (or anyone for that matter!) You were Oregon's Secretary of State—the first republican to get elected since the 70's! What a miraculous feat that was. I'm so proud of you. There's no other Republican that could have done it! You were courageous. Despite the odds, you went out and did the impossible! Election day will forever be imbedded in my memory as one of the BEST DAYS EVER!

Here are just a few of your "Dadisms" that we'll always remember:

•Courage—Always do the hard things
•Live life with no regrets
•You are what you do when no one is watching
•Mind over Matter
•Cry in a Pillow
•Nobody gets out of here alive!
•You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink!
•Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die!

Thank you for everything Dad. You taught us so much by your words and example. I couldn't be prouder. We love you and will always miss you! ❤️❤️❤️


Saturday, February 16, 2019

New Abstract? Aspen Art!

A new one for me...possibly a new series? Almost abstract! This painting has so much strength and bold color! ❤️ 24x48 "Iron Mist."


Friday, February 15, 2019

Post Palette Art!

Patrick and Shannon met me at Celebration of Fine Art and instantly connected with my post palette painting, "Who Gives a Hoot?!" 

Owls have a special significance for them (they mate for life) and Shannon wanted to bring some color into the it was a match made in heaven! 🌵😍

#JensArt #PostPaletteArt #Celebrationoffineart 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Birds for Valentine’s Day ❤️

Which Love Bird are you? 

I met a new collector last week at the show in Scottsdale, AZ. She saw my piece "Love Birds" and stopped dead in her tracks. She knew the symbolism behind the red cardinals and felt an instant connection with her deceased father. 

She needed "Love Birds" in her life and took home the painting. 

For a limited time, you can get "Love Birds" and choose your favorite birds!

Do you want cardinals, robins or bluebirds in your painting?

Use code VDAY14 on anything in the store and receive 14% off!

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️



Saturday, February 9, 2019

Palette Knife Aspen Painting!

John B. loves my chunky style! He discovered "Sunlit Gold" at the art show in #Scottsdale and it was love at first sight!  ❤️ 

#JensArt #celebrationoffineart 

New contemporary Aspen painting!

Just finished up this new piece, 60x48 "Golden Steel."  It's hard to capture just how thick the paint is on this one! So many layers....💛 #JensArt

(Closeup of the thick texture)

Friday, February 1, 2019

Does Art Really Have to Match the Couch? 🛋

Do you have art hanging on your walls that you don't love?

Have you purchased random art in the past just because a designer, consultant, or a friend told you it was the "right piece" for your walls? Have you bought art based on someone else's advice only because it "matched the couch?" You never really liked it, but since you spent so much money on it, you decided to just live with it…. even after getting a new couch! 

Has this happened to you?

I have many happy collectors who have purchased my art to replace something already hanging on their walls, replacing something they didn't love, something they never connected with....

See, you don't need a designer, or a consultant telling you how to feel, or what to love; it's YOUR choice, and they're not living with it — you are!

Art is such a personal experience. I guarantee YOU will know what YOU like! You'll know instantaneously when a painting "connects." And when it does, snatch it up because it's the one!

See all my freshest paintings on the link below. Does one speak directly to you? Then it's time to become a collector! 💙💙💙