In painting the real versions of children's lovies and comfort toys, I hope to capture the same spirit and soul the children themselves see in them. Blankets, bears, rabbits, even dinosaurs....these carefully chosen soothers ease real fears. They absorb big feelings. Children take them seriously. So do I.
Each piece is painted using a personal technique of mine, one where I pour my heart and love into each piece, breathing my soul out onto the canvas, hoping to preserve the sentiment and charm of the child inside of each one of us.
My nursery paintings are a unique gift to mark milestones, the end of childhood, kindergarten, graduation, or from a parent to an adult child as their own baby is on the way. After all, their own lovie will have long ago become Real, probably too worn to pass down. My portraits seek to glimpse the magic.