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"Through my paintings I hope to communicate a personal enthusiasm and respect for the natural world, thus encourage in others an active stewardship of same." -- JEANNE ILLENYE

Fig, fruit, vintage A B C blocks, ewe, contemporary realism, "Aaron, We Love You"

"Aaron, We Love You"
10x8 inches / oil on panel
This charming painting was commissioned by a lovely couple who just had a baby boy named Aaron, knicknamed "Fig".  The only guidelines were to mimic the concept of my "Three Little Figs" paintng but with one piece of fruit, some green/brown.  The image evolved in my imagination almost immediately using blocks.   The idea to create a painting of children's blocks or other toys would make a great baby shower gift, too!  If you would like to commission an original oil painting please contact me at
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