16x20 inches Acrylic on Canvas.
Father's Day gift to my father, depicting him and his grandchildren (my kids) playing in his Library-study.
30x36" Acrylic on Canvas
The last painting I completed at my previous studio in Birmingham before we moved to Tennessee. It received an Honorable Mention in the Gadsden Art Association's 61st Annual Juried Show this fall. I consider my style to be a blend of Realism and Impressionism, and this seems to land more on the Impressionism side of that scale.
Been flipping through my Pro-Life art portfolio and realized I don’t have a good photo of this one featured. This is the man I married. This painting is titled “The Little Ones Along the Fence,” and depicts my husband digging the grave for our miscarried daughter, our second child. It's acrylic on 18x24" canvas. In my head, I compare it to “The Gleaners” because of its outside labor related domesticity. We found a Catholic cemetery in a nearby town that saved the small space along the fence for smaller burials, such as miscarried children, but part of it was he had to help dig the grave. My husband needed something to get him through our loss. Something to DO. So much of the time when it’s a baby-related issue we focus on women. But men feel it too. I carried Alex but sometimes I feel like her death hit my husband more. She’s been on my mind lately, anytime Pro-Life legislation and activism is all over the news. I’ve also been feeling for my better half alot lately and how he carries all of us. He takes care of every single one of us, myself included, and made sure as a father his miscarried daughter was laid to rest with dignity. This is what a true man is, and I’m grateful every day that God answered my prayers with him.
Timelapse of the watercolor I painted based on our visit to Monticello last summer, which I then gave as a gift to my father, fellow artist Robert F. Jackson, who is a University of Virginia alumnus and fan of Thomas Jefferson like me and my husband.
As a cradle Catholic, it actually has taken me much of my adult life to understand Mary better, and to adopt any sort of regular prayer devotion around her role in Salvation history. So for me to be willing to see myself in her shoes so to speak, I feel is a great leap forward in my faith life as a Catholic artist. Likewise, I treasure my son. And to imagine what it must have been like for Mary, who I'm sure treasured Jesus, to watch Him grow and eventually suffer and fulfill His role in God's plan must have been torturous for her to endure. For this reason, this piece is still first and foremost a self-portrait and portrait, just in the arrangement and tradition of a "Madonna and Child," and I have therefore included it in my "Portrait" page of my portfolio of this site.
This piece's title is a play on words with an obvious juxtaposition of classical imagery over a modern "media" filled setting.
Siuce the birth of our son life became all the more busy and full. Shortly after my most recent post, in October of 2017, my husband's youngest brother died in a car wreck, and our lives have been a bit topsy turvy ever since, helping the family to grieve and dealing with our own sadness. Meanwhile as a Christmas gift, I asked my husband to make it possible for me to pursue my rock climbing (bouldering) hobby more seriously. I wanted to get back in shape after 3 pregnancies (one miscarried baby in heaven) and 2 full term births. Well things have taken off since then, and both me and my husband are in the best shape of our lives. I also haven't had to promote my art as much these days, but opportunities I planted seeds for years ago have come to fruition.
The best recent example of this: I was surprised that my application to "Vulcan's on Parade," a local public art project with Vulcan Park and Museum here in Birmingham finally found the right audience. I had submitted my application about 2 years prior and in spring of this year was contacted to see if I could produce a painted Vulcan replica (statue provided) asap. By Summer of 2018 it was installed at Magic City Dentistry in downtown Birmingham, who chose my design for their business.
Please enjoy this timelapse. I will probably post faster (and therefore shorter) versions on my other social media profiles.
This was about 3 weeks after our son was born. I won "Best in Show" for the Homewood Day Sidewalk Chalk Competition.
Sonia Jackson Summers