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Charlotte

 

Over Christmas I did this portrait of sweet little Charlotte. A few years ago I did a portrait of her older brother, Trip, and their mom Lindsey was one of my first clients.

Charlotte has such a beautiful face. I love her dark hair and light eyes. When we met she was playing with her dolls, in her adorably decorated little girl's room. 

And her brother Trip was running around with a Nerf gun!

It's always great getting to work with the same families over the years, painting their children as they come of age and watching how they grow and change through the years. As an artist, it feels great that they want me to paint all their kids.

I also enjoy seeing where a collector hangs her portrait, whether that be in the family room, or dining room, or I've even seen one in the kitchen!

It's such rewarding work to capture these kids at such a special time in their life. I love getting to know them, and honoring them and their parent's love for them in a portrait.

I really have the best job!

 

 

 

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Henry

 

I recently did this portrait of Henry. His mom Elizabeth and her family had just moved to Memphis, and she heard about my work through her realtor, Meredith McDonald

Henry is a lively, rambunctious three-year old. I love this portrait of him because it really captures his spirit. 

I get to know all the kids I paint, because I want to capture what makes them unique. And they all have unique personalities, even at young ages. 

As one of my clients puts it, kids have magic in them!

Elizabeth called me a few week ago to tell me how much she loves the portrait. 

She also said Henry had changed so much since I then. And that she was so happy to have him captured at that age.

Time flies, doesn't it?

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Charlie and Emmie

Charlie Grant, Age 3, Oil on canvas

Charlie Grant, Age 3, Oil on canvas

Emmie Grant, Age 1, Oil on canvas

Emmie Grant, Age 1, Oil on canvas

Last week I finished two commissions of brother and sister, Charlie and Emmie. Their mom, Annie, saw my work on the Dallas blog, Do Say Give. (It's fabulous, you should check it out!)
 

Annie and her fam were living in California at the time, planning to move to Dallas.
 

So we made plans to meet up once she got to Texas.
 

During our consultation, Annie said she really wanted to capture this time in her kids' lives, and the way they look at this age. And it's true, most moms tell me they are amazed at how quickly their kids features change. 

Annie was a delight to work with, and I loved getting to know her kids.
 

Charlie is spunky and energetic. He loves attention, Annie says. What really caught my attention about him were his big blue eyes, which I made a feature of the portrait. 
 

Emmie is small and delicate, like a doll. She was actually sick the first time I took her pictures, so I didn't get a true sense of her personality. When I came back for a second round, I saw that she was such a happy, sweet child. He parents have this joke that she looks like an old lady, which is kind of true!
 

When Annie saw the portraits, she loved them! She said I captured her kids perfectly, which is always great to hear.
 

That's what my work is all about – capturing the personalities of kids so they feel loved and valued for who they are:)

 

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Are we raising a generation of jerks?

 

Dr. Deborah Gilboa, pediatrician and child development expert, says household chores have more to do with the character of your kids than you might think.

 

She says parents today tend to focus more on what their kids are achieving than who they're becoming. In her talks with successful Silicon Valley parents, she found that most of them had chores growing up, but very few gave their own kids chores.

 

Why?

 

Because their kids had such enormous work loads with school, sports, and other activities, they didn't want to add any more "to dos" to their lists. 

 

But this can hurt our kids, Deborah says, because it send the message that achievement takes priority over character. 

 

And chores like taking out the garbage teach kids responsibility and the importance of contribution. Which, in turn, makes them happy. You can watch her TED here.

 

Parents, do you agree? How do you teach your kids that who they are is more important than what they achieve?

 

Please share below!

 

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