Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Portrait of Loren

11 x 14 oil on canvas panel
My subject is the cherished daughter of my friend Janie.  Loren, whose exotic beauty stunned people everywhere she went, was deeply in love and engaged to be married at the time she passed away after a long battle with cancer.  I feel so honored that her mother asked me to paint her for her project in Africa, Loren's Hope, as it was always Loren's desire to go to Africa.  Her portrait will hang there in the medical mission in Arusha, Tanzania after my friend Lori Dunne frames it.  Thank you again, Janie, for this privilege.

12 comments:

martinealison said...

Un très bel hommage à cette jeune femme avec cet extraordinaire portrait... J'aime son beau sourire et ses yeux pétillants... gros bisous.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Merci, chere Martine-Alison!

Angela Elledge said...

Yes, a beautiful honor; your portrait is stunning!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Thanks so very much, Angela. Loren was a stunning woman.

WeekendAbstrait said...

Magnifique portrait, Camille, très joli travail!
bises.
cath.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Merci, Cath!

hmuxo said...

You did such an amazing job with this portrait, Camille!! A very sad post ..she will live on with this beautiful portrait when displayed in the medical mission in Africa!

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

It really comforts and humbles me to take part in helping Loren fulfill her dream. I think it was so wonderful of her mother to think of this medical mission for helping others in need to have good health and a chance at a long life. Thank you, Hilda for your kind comment!

Vern Schwarz said...

A beautifully composed and executed painting Camille. Painting a portrait such as this means so much to the people that loved her, and I'm sure it brought her closer to you as well.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

It was a great honor, Vern! And thank you, friend for the kind words.

c.dingman said...

Wow wonderful painting. The story gave me goosebumps so touching.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

Her mother is doing wonderful things in her memory and I agree, it's very touching! Thanks for your nice comment, Carlene.