Watercolor on matte board
This painting is actually of… me. I think I was about 5 when this pic was taken. This was just another day with my very first pony whom we affectionately called “Cochise.” Don’t ask where the name came from, I have no idea. All I know is he was the best first pony a girl could ask for. He taught me a lot about life, probably the most important being patience!! He was blind in one eye, older than dirt, and rarely went past a walk. When I would start crying out of frustration (because I wanted to go fast!), he would stop. But he knew something I didn’t know, and that was the fact that I was 5, fragile, and inexperienced! Anyway, this drawing is a tribute to our beloved Cochise. Every kid should get the chance to ride such a wonderful pony. Even just once.
This was my very first “real” painting using watercolor. I just decided one day I wanted to try it out. I knew very little about watercolor at the time, and really, I still don’t know a lot about it. I just paint. I don’t know very many techniques or tricks for this medium. But I’m pretty happy with the results, anyway. Who says you need tricks?
Charcoal, 8″x 10″
This was another one of those class projects I did while at OSU. I believe this was done in one of the first drawing classes I took. There’s really not much more to that story! Just a drawing of a garlic press, on some sort of charcoal paper.
When I was competing in youth rodeos, back in 2003, a fellow competitor lost her life in a terrible accident during a rodeo in Harrah, OK. She was only in her early teens. It’s one of those stories that sends chills down my spine every time I think about it. I still remember being there that day, and I remember thinking how everything about the youth rodeos would change from that day forward. And it did. Amanda Westermier was a special person who loved what she was doing. She lived for the sport and everything that comes with it. It was a terrible tragedy that I will never forget.
Shortly after the accident, I was asked by the Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association to create a portrait of Amanda for her friends and family… and anyone else who knew her. A limited number of prints were sold and most of the proceeds went to a charity in Amanda’s name.