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Commissioned Paintings for The Monnig Collection
One of my favorite things about an original piece of art is its uniqueness. You take various materials and put them together in a way that’s completely new and different. Jan is a passionate art collector and understands this aspect of art and wants to fill her home with pieces that are not only unique, but carry personal meaning for her. So when I went to Jan and John’s home, I paid close attention to their walls. When you first walk in, there’s a wall filled with photos. It holds beautiful pictures of children and grandchildren, offering insight to guests and acting as constant reminders for Jan and John of all their reasons to celebrate their life.

Yet what struck me as I observed this wall was not the joyful times they’ve had – it was the hardships. Or rather, how they’ve chosen to respond to hardships. I loved interviewing Jan and John and learning about their life together. They have had some hard times, but they’ve persevered, leaning on each other to get through difficulties. I created their painting as a tribute to all the good in their lives that exists because they always made the choice to persevere. I hope it’s now functioning as another special piece hanging on their wall, reminding them to celebrate their commitment to family, unity and perseverance. 

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In St Louis a home is forming to empower women to live free from abuse, addiction,and prostitution. Each resident wrote on the painting in their own words what they believe the future holds for them. We have partnered up to create a painting that reflects what the residents love about themselves. Read on!

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1. Surprise your partner with an impromptu date night fully planned by you. Don’t consult them on anything and completely surprise him with the evening’s activities.

2. Write a love note on the bathroom mirror.

3. Write a real letter, not an e-maill or a text to your partner, stick it in the mailbox. 

4. A personal massage is a great stress reliever! 

5. Create a mixed tape with your favorite songs for him or her. 

Hope to hear from you soon, Jenny

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In St Louis a home is forming to empower women to live free from abuse, addiction,and prostitution. We have partnered up to create a painting that reflects what the residents love about themselves. Listen to the wisdom that this participant shared. She was recently released from 12 years in prison and she expressed that she found a big part of herself there and learning to forgive herself has been one of the most important parts of her freedom. I asked if she would think of a few things that she loves about herself then write them on the painting. ith a few more participants to go, this painting will hang permanently in their St Louis Magdalene Home and hopefully remind them that their lives are a beautiful work of art no matter what their past looks like. Love heals. Express it!

P.S. It’s been so great hearing what others love and value in them selves. I challenge you to share your words of love with me and I will create a mini 3″x5″ piece for you, inspired by you. Let’s get started!