I first met Bessie, two years ago, when she and her two lively children came through this old house for the town’s Christmas Tour.

I immediately thought she was lovely, and I was very happy to do this portrait of her and one of her children this past Christmas.  Her astonishingly-tall husband (at 5’6″, I’m used to being the tallest creature in this single-person household filled with small terriers) gave it to her on Christmas Day.

Doesn’t she have that rare thing…..,a very-very genuine smile? She does. That’s what first attracted me to her, while the house was filled with 50 or so folks at a time, tromping through the place.

“Bessie Mbdugha and Child”
pastel, watercolor, and oil pencil