In a Box

These paintings start with a black box, the size of the finished painting. The subject fits themselves into the box, I take a photograph, and paint from that​. The frame at the end becomes the original box. The one of Henry, below, has hands sculpted of clay that come out and over the frame.

Portrait of Henry Fellner
Portrait of two boys in a box
Portrait of Madison Koep
Portrait of the Folsam/Glassman family, painting
Harrison
& Claude
Henry
The Glassman/
Folsam Family
Liam
Madison
Mike

I have one of Laurie's pieces she did of my daughter when she was five. The painting is of her sitting in a box frame with her dress hanging outside it and I have gotten many compliments on how original it is.  I am so thrilled that I got my daughter to sit for this as it is a wonderful likeness of my sweet girl.  She captured her expression perfectly and I still see it in her today, 7 years later.  The colors are vibrant and the attention to detail is what keeps you looking and admiring it. It was a really interesting concept that I think holds the viewer's interest. I just love it! 

-Pam Koep