It was Christmas time and by the following year Chris had completed this personal tribute to his wonderful family as a Christmas gift. Seeing his nephew's together and the way the young father was looking at his son dressed so adorably for our much celebrated holiday, the artist said he had to put it onto canvas for posterity and a family tribute.
Here is the finished drawing of my Grandmother Elizabeth Earlene Courson.
She always encouraged me with my art in my formative years and wish she could see this now.
I darkened the dress and made changes to the face some, then completed the background.
Wanted to have some example of my charcoal and graphite work.
Christopher P. Simpson
Working in charcoal from an old photo, probably taken in the 1930's or 1940's, of his Fathers mother, Chris dedicated several nights into the deeply personal artwork to get some ideas to work from in a future piece of art or perhaps several. She is holding a King Charles Springer Spaniel dog, and near a curb with trees and grasses behind her. Probably taken in her hometown. The Artist states that from her side of the family is where his and his Dad's height comes from as she and her Dad, the artist Great Grandfather were taller people.
Jim Morrison Painting by Christopher P. Simpson
Choosing Jim by one of his students, Chris decided to include his personal favorite here as a good example of using a limited palette. They enjoyed painting in only natural grays, tans & blacks to form this expressive artwork of the American icon while listening to some of his music.
Dolly Pardon Painting by Christopher P. Simpson
Hard to believe it's been 22 Years ago when a friend and coworker asked Chris to paint one of her favorite singers Dolly Pardon. Although he recalls how he made the earring really sparkle & enjoyed getting her likeness & casual denim jacket, the photo is the only one he had to share of one from his formative years.
Portrait of Ronnie
A good friend & customer for years of the artist asked Chris to paint this tribute of her brother Ronnie. He worked the hardest on the face making many adjustments painstakingly but the results as you can see they both said were worth it. Ronnie is in his element outside with coke in hand by his truck. Chris indicated he wanted to say thank you again Janie for getting me to paint him.
Portrait of Maddie looking into a Coy pond
Chris painted his wonderful Christian friends granddaughter Maddie. Her aunt had taken a photo of her looking in a mirror & from that the artist along with other references of her, painted the child looking into her reflection in a coy pond with fish & flowers. Inspired by John Singer Sargent at the time & his great paintings of children, Chris found this to be a welcomed challenge for a family heirloom.
John Wayne, American Legend painted by Christopher P. Simpson
John Wayne became the subject in a lesson with Chris' student Jimmy as they tried their best to get his likeness. Here's Chris' example of the Duke with that famous hat as he looks out into the distance. Great fun and honor to paint the legend and the greatest challenge was doing it in acrylic paint and getting the rugged character of the actor.
Commissioned Portrait of one of the Artist Friends at Sawnee Mountain
Mr. Martin commissioned Chris to paint him & his wife as a tribute to her life. This is a very special place to both the artist & Mr. Martin as well as where they both met. Included is his walking stick, the bench which still is located there and painted as if it's Autumn, Mrs. Martin's favorite time of year. Chris tried to put as much life into the painting as possible & get it to his clients 100 percent satisfaction. The gold plaque on the original frame says, "Remember the Good Times."
Prints from Original, Highland Castle Hand Painted Mat
This print is available in various sizes, shown here with current price point. Good quality print 8 x 10.5 with hand painted specialty matting. Signed by the Artist
Albert Visits the Foster House Print
Print available in different sizes, 8 x 10 example shown here, with hand painted matting. Artist Signature in lower right corner
Pondering Her Beliefs print, Framed behind glass, hand painted mat, with the Artist Signature.