Description This painting has off-the-charts sentimental value for me because it's my mother's jewelry. She's had the same jewelry box for decades, and one of my favorite pastimes as a girl was to open it up and look at her pins, necklaces, and earrings. In the lower right corner is an opened heart-shaped locket. Inside are black and white newspaper photos(?) of teenage Mom and Dad--she put those in there when she was 14!The title for this painting is 'Daughter Mother Father,' because the cameo appears to be kissing the locket, and its face and hair looks almost exactly like mine in my self-portrait. I'm so grateful to have such wonderful parents, and I love them very much.
Kelly Eddington, Monroe City, MO Member Since February 2012 Artist Statement Ever since I was a child messing around with a terrible paint set from K-mart, I have been obsessed with controlling pigment suspended in water. Now I paint with beautiful, hand-made watercolors along with brushes ranging from high-end to dirt cheap, but the obsession remains. I create large, highly realistic portraits, still lifes, and landscapes using the most unpredictable, unstable, and unforgiving medium known to man. My paintings are time-consuming and sometimes backbreaking. I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, “THAT’S a watercolor?” always makes me smile.
I was an art teacher in two Illinois public high schools for seventeen years. Anyone who has ever been an art teacher with a limited budget knows that it is a profession that stretches a person's creativity to the absolute limit. Effective art teachers must know their subject inside and out and strive to develop their own artistic visions as they teach others. I feel that teaching has made me a better artist. I used to devote each year's "off-season" to creating my meticulous watercolors, and now I’m happy to produce them year round and offer them as prints on Imagekind!