Riley my first-born granddaughter, Dawn’s first child and Lillian’s big sister. My father once told me as he loving looked on at Tara and Dawn playing. Vic, your daughters are special, but your granddaughters will be even more. At the time I remember thinking how could that even be possible? My two daughters are everything to me. But once Riley came into my life, I realized what he was telling me. My little Riley is now grown and has only days before she heads off to another state to start college and begin her new adventures. She is a painter and sculptor with endless imagination and a singing voice that blows me away. With the rhythm that this girl had at such a young age I realized early on that she was the singer. Her father Mark is an amazing song writer and musician, without a doubt she got this from him. Six years ago I went to one of her solo performances and she sang Ella Fitzgerald’s song ‘My Funny Valentine’. Before I heard her sing I thought that was a brave choice singing Ella’s song who sings as smooth as butter. Well needless to say Riley brought me to tears by her performance and Ella would have been proud. Riles, as you head out to find yourself, remember, I will always be here for you. Please sing and dance for the world to see!
The colors here where Riley’s picks of forestry green and lead me to a modern abstract of passages and places to explore in her journey.
About this Collection
This is one of many small oil paintings in my series titled ‘Women’. They each represent family, friends and other women who bring inspiration in our daily lives. This project started out as a study for future color palettes for my larger paintings and emerged as little gems. At first when it came time to name each piece, I realized that each had their own personalities and reminded me of individuals that have touched my life in some way.