Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Truly Amazing Artist


My cousin, Jenny, is an amazing artist. I think I blogged about her paintings of Samantha before. I just received an e-mail from her tonight to tell me that one of the paintings she did of Samantha (similar to and based on the same photo of Sammi as one she sent to me several months ago) won a $10,000 NZD prize (she lives in New Zealand) in a very important, highly acclaimed competition! She also said that the same painting was sold shortly after that (this all happened last week). An article about the painting and the award can be found at the Whakatane Beacon and the image can be seen at the top of this post. Below is the original photo on which it is based. I treasure the one that she sent to me, and I love her portraits in general--they have a very dreamy, nostalgic, otherworldly quality. You can see some of her images at Artist Insite, including one titled, "Samantha and the Bees." I am truly honored that she has used Samantha as one of her subjects.

12 comments:

Renee said...

Congratulations to Jenny (and Samantha). That is so cool. It is a great portrait

Carey said...

I love these pix!!! I don't suppose she does it on the side does she? It would probably cost a lot to ship anyways, but I thought I'd ask!!!

Bethany said...

Oh wow, that is cool!

Monica said...

Very cool indeed!! It is a beautiful portrait and I love the actual picture too. Seriously, have you looked into modeling for Sammi?? She is beautiful!!!

Four Wonders Mommy said...

Amazing! Truly amazing and awsome! As I have told you before, Samantha is so incredibly beautiful! You should be honored! I agree with Monica; she really needs to be in modeling--seriously!!

Carol N. said...

Wonderful news for your cousin winning! And Sammi is an artists model - isn't that great!

RobMonroe said...

That's so awesome!

Melissa said...

Holly Cow, that's so incredible!!! She is one gifted artist for sure;)

Michelle said...

You're right - your cousin is an amazing artist! How beautiful and congrats to her on such an achievement!

Michelle said...

What an awesome portrait. Congrats on her recognition!

Amy said...

Love the picture! That is very neat.

Little Miss E said...

Congrats to them both!! That is an amazing photo!!