Romania Paintings for Livada Send Off

In June 2014, I went to Romania to work with the Livada Orphan Care (LOC) orphans. The beauty of the ministry and country inspired me and I wanted to paint scenes of Romania. When I was praying one morning, I had the idea to paint these scenes of Romania and donate the final pieces to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship. I sent the paintings to Texas with my Aunt Candy and Uncle Dale this week. I am so excited and am praying that they will be able to raise enough money to sponsor an orphan for one year.

“Fairy Tale Romania”


“Romania Poppy Field and Hillside”


“Romania Field of Flowers”


“Romania Hillside”


“Sighisoara Tower”


“Hay Day”


“Romania Hillside View”


“Romania Hillside with Tree”


“The Hostage Game at Ogra Gypsy Village”


“Sighisoara Clock Tower”


“Sighisoara Church View”


“Romanian Cornfield”




“Romanian Woman with Cane”


“Shin Kai House”

To see details and the process of each painting, please see

Paintings for Livada: Romania Hillside with Tree

When I was on the missions trip with Grace Church serving the Livada Orphan Care ministry in Romania, the beauty of the country inspired me. I had the idea that when I got home to Arkansas I could paint these Romanian scenes and donate the paintings to Livada to raise money for orphan sponsorship.

This scene is one of many beautiful landscapes I was able to enjoy on our drive to serve for the day (in the kids camp, the gypsy village, and baby hospital). The air was fresh, the day warm but with a breeze, and the clouds were full and moving. There were so many open fields, so when I saw this tree, I thought it a nice composition to have the lone tree in front.

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Image to Paint

14. Romania Hillside with Tree

Charcoal Sketch on Canvas

14. Romani Hillside with Tree Sketch

Painting Sketch (1st Coat)

Romania Romania Hillside with Tree

Painting Sketch (2nd Coat)

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Final Painting


Delta des Refuses Event

The Delta des Refuses event at the Laman Library – Argenta branch is a special exhibition showcase for artists who were not accepted into the 57th Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center (a vast majority of the works entered were passed over). This show is inspired by the original 1863 Salon des Refusés held in Paris. Featured artists included Manet, Cezanne, Pissarro, and many others who are now widely recognized as masters of their time.

I was one of the artists not accepted into the 57th Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Typically, I would not feel the bitter rejection – I submit a lot of work to a lot things and get a lot of rejection letters and emails. However, when I found out that George Dombek was serving as the juror, I was disappointed. My grandmother was married to George Dombek’s brother for forty years. I have never met George that I can remember – it wasn’t like close family or anything – he most likely does not even know who I am. I didn’t become an artist because he was an artist or anything like that. But I thought that would be a kind of cool way to meet him (indirectly meet him), through him viewing my work. Alas, it is not our time yet to meet.

I submitted three paintings from my Romania painting series: Romania Hillside, Romania Poppy Field and Hillside, and Fairytale Romania.

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When I first received the invitation to the Delta des Refuses exhibition, I didn’t want to participate because I didn’t want my artist peers to know I had submitted and was not accepted. The more I thought about the exhibition however, the more I was encouraged that there was an opportunity to show my “rejected” work. I also was curious to see what other pieces and artists were rejected.

We went to the opening and there were so many people there. We even ran into some friends who were enjoying the art.

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The show will run through October 16, 2015 at the Laman Library – Argenta branch.