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It’s Time to Decide

April 4, 2011

Thanks, everybody, for helping us decide. #1, #5, #7 and #13 are now available as fine art prints. #7, #11, and #13 are available as greeting cards. Remember, 50% of proceeds go to Camp Kesem, benefiting children of parents with cancer.

PS – Here is the video of the first Mother and Child painting.

PPS – Here is info for the show of original paintings.

PPPS – Just below is a time lapse video of Mother and Child Sleeping (#7 on the list below.) I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the lineup:

Here’s a link to our little store with fine art prints and greeting cards.

250 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 2:28 pm

    It’s so hard to decide, but I think I like 13 the best. I like seeing it with the frame and how the silver color runs throughout the entire piece. Words would definitely detract from the beauty of the painting. Good luck! I’m excited to see what others think!

  2. Alli permalink
    April 4, 2011 2:36 pm

    #7 for the fine art edition- it would look amazing on the wall and I can think of many situations with clients where this piece could work beautifully. Also, the piece can utilize more than traditional mother/child imagery and take symbolic interaction a step higher. I love them all- great job!!!!
    #10 or #13 for a card. Also, have card unframed with blank inside no text on outside. It could be interesting to print an artist statement on the back.

  3. April 4, 2011 2:49 pm

    For a Mother’s Day Card and fine print, I like #7, without the frame or words.

    For myself, I would love a card or print of #5. I know many transracial families that would be interested in this type of a painting, but that may be a different project for a different day. πŸ™‚

    I really like the paintings with the layered thing going on. Somehow they remind a little more of Mother Mary and seem more appropriate for a Christmas card.

    Hoping to make it to the open house to see these in person. Beautiful work.

  4. April 4, 2011 2:55 pm

    #2 and #13.

  5. Cam permalink
    April 4, 2011 3:21 pm

    Love 7 & 8. And definitely 13, for Christmas, pretty please. 2 & 5 next in line.

    I think I’d also love 3 & 12 — the movement and physical interaction are just right.

    Plain cards, just the image. Of course, a box with a variety of cards would be wonderful…

    For a print, I’d buy any of the above.


  6. Kris permalink
    April 4, 2011 3:58 pm

    I think that #7 would make the best fine art print and maybe the best card as well…maybe more marketable since it isn’t “Madonna and child”-ish (at least that is how I see them). That being said, I think that 2, 4, 6, 13, 14 are just lovely. I love the metallics and the textures, but I am not sure how well they will translate to a print or a card. I really like #8 as well…it’s just so hard to choose!

    Definitely no words. Let the image speak for itself.

    Frame? Maybe a frame for the card, but no frame for the print. It would be weird to try and hang a print on the wall in a frame that already has a “frame” on the print…at least it would be weird for me.

    Good job! I love most of them!! Thanks for your hard work! I’ll be excited to see the outcome and how the card/print turns out!

  7. April 4, 2011 4:27 pm

    #13 is my favorite. I would love it as : an original;) a card (sans frame, blank card- but a statement from you on the back, and I also think it would be a fabulous fine art print. I feel the very same way about “mother and child red floral” from your Oct 25th post- that may very well be one of my all time favorites of yours.

    The Deseret Book ad came today- very nice, J Kirk, very nice.

  8. April 4, 2011 5:24 pm

    5, 8, or 11. No frame!!!!!!!! Nice work.

  9. Carole Smith permalink
    April 4, 2011 5:25 pm

    I’m voting for #2 for the Mother’s day card, but love ALL of them! I like the frame, too.

  10. Ellen permalink
    April 4, 2011 5:38 pm

    7, and 10, 11, 12 for Mothers Day. No frames, no words. The others seem more appropriate as Nativity scenes.

    I’d love to see 13 on my wall (is it sold already?) 14 is hauntingly beautiful. All of the multi textural ones would make lovely prints.

  11. April 4, 2011 5:57 pm

    13 is my favorite hands down. {That said I love them all.} For the fine art print I would do #13 without the frame (second choice for the print is #1), and for the mother’s day card I would do either #7 or #8 with the frame but no words. I love the idea of a set of cards with all of them. It’s fascinating to see them all, with the frames that inspired the feel, and what you did with each of them.

  12. Becky permalink
    April 4, 2011 6:05 pm

    Wow; I am particularly fond of 1, 7, and 14. If forced to choose one for the card, I’d go with 7 because it’s very versatile as a Mother’s Day or new baby/mother card. No frame (although I love it), blank inside. Always better with a cool note from the author on the back. I am very interested to see #11 at the open house.

    For the fine art print? Again, 7 is the most versatile, but I might also go with 1 or 2. Love the composition and concept of each. Keep us posted on the unveiling of the others? Yes, please. πŸ™‚

  13. April 4, 2011 6:38 pm

    I love the number 7. There is just something about mother and child sleeping together. It is heavenly.

  14. April 4, 2011 7:45 pm

    1 or 7 for the card, and 8 for the fine art print. Your work is stunning, and I wish I could afford to commission you for an angel. Best of luck with your gallery showing.

  15. April 4, 2011 7:46 pm

    #7 for the card. with the frame.
    #4 or 13 as the fine art print.
    but i’d also like to see where #3 is going. (not like you are busy or anything! lol)

    great project. miss you guys.

  16. Jennifer permalink
    April 4, 2011 7:49 pm

    7 is my personal favorite and one that I would love to own as a print. I think 10 or 11 would be lovely Mother’s Day cards. All of the paintings are beautiful and I really don’t think you could go wrong choosing any of them.

  17. Brittany permalink
    April 4, 2011 8:01 pm

    #13 would be my choice for the card. The frame would be lovely to include, but certainly not necessary. I would love to have #2 hanging on my wall. All of them are so stunning. Beautiful work.

  18. Tena permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:03 pm

    I can see why you’d have a hard time deciding. They are all stunning! They would all make beautiful cards, but I do agree that the ones that look more “Madonna and Child” would make better Christmas cards than Mother’s Day cards. I like #7 the best for a card and print (no frame, no words, but an artist statement on the back would be a nice touch.) Number 8 is my favorite, followed by Number 1.

  19. April 4, 2011 10:00 pm

    Now that I watched its creation, I love 7 even more. Please tell me no one else is ahead of me. Please.

  20. April 4, 2011 11:18 pm

    My vote is for #13. Nice work. . . can’t wait to see the rest of them!

  21. Elizabeth permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:11 am

    I think #7 would make a lovely card with no frame and no words. I would love to have #5 hanging on my wall. They are all beautiful.

  22. April 5, 2011 12:11 am

    #4, #8

  23. Karen permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:18 am

    #7 w/o frame or #13 w/ frame. No words needed. The mother’s love is tangible, no words needed; the art says it all.

  24. lynette permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:23 am


  25. April 5, 2011 12:23 am

    11 is the one for me. I’m worried no-one else will choose it because it is still so unformed, but it is the best by far. I love it!

  26. April 5, 2011 12:23 am

    #8 with the frame would be really nice

  27. Vanessa permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:34 am

    All of them are beautiful. My opinion:

    #7 best card -without frame-
    #1, #2 or #7 best fine art print -with frames-

    Thank you Courtney and Kirk.

  28. laura permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:53 am

    arg. very hard to decide. i say 13 for the card with the frame and without words. which one wouldn ‘t be awesome to hang on a wall?? that being said, i love 2 and 8. and i think 14 is awesome.

  29. Coralee permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:06 am

    #7 – and yes, print the frame around it. Card with no words on the front.
    To hand on a wall – #1, #13 or #14 (In my opinion).

  30. Megan permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:16 am

    I say #5 for the card without the frame and #7 for the print with or without frames. I love your work! Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

  31. Elizabeth permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:41 am

    Number 7
    Love them all, but number 7

  32. April 5, 2011 2:21 am

    #7 speaks to me. Definitely 7. I also love 14, but could see the that one turning others off because it’s so dark. Agree with others, no text, but the frame might be neat to include. In any case, all are breathtaking. The profits going to to children of parents with cancer is especially touching to me– I found out I had cancer a mere 6 weeks after my daughter was born. Though I am fine for now, I can only imagine the heartache of those parents who are not fine and know they won’t be around their children for long. Thank you for doing this.

  33. Kathryn McNee permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:57 am

    All beautiful but my favourite is #7.

  34. Carly permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:49 am

    I like 4, love 7, and like 13.

  35. Martha permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:56 am

    I like 5, 7, and 13. With #7 as my favorite for Mother’s Day, and 13 as an ideal Christmas Card.

  36. April 5, 2011 4:57 am

    #7 for both the fine art and the card. The others are pretty but that is my absolute favorite.
    Not sure about the frame question but leaning towards no, no need for a frame on the card picture and lol though you didn’task, if you used it as a Christmas card I’d put the words “Heavenly Peace” on it. As for mothers day card wording, I’m not sure, but blank would be fine.

  37. April 5, 2011 5:01 am

    Number 7 of the mother and child sleeping is my favorite, they are all so beautiful!

  38. April 5, 2011 5:10 am

    #7 would be perfect for the card

  39. kristina permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:04 am

    #8 spoke to me but I’m not sure it will appeal to the masses. I would love for it to be a print! For the Mother’s Day card I would definitely go with #7 – it is ethereal and exudes love, joy and peace. It is every mother in the quiet hours of the night thanking God for the precious miracle lying in her arms. No frame…no words…the painting speaks for itself…allow for heartfelt sentiment to be written on the inside by the one sending the card.
    The other paintings are simply lovely too. They should all go to print because art is so subjective…different strokes for different folks, so to speak.

  40. ivey permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:20 am

    #7 is my favorite, captures a very real feel – gorgeous – but then they all are

  41. April 5, 2011 6:21 am

    #2 speaks the most deeply to me.

    I would include the frame.

    As far as text, if it’s anything more than a short quote defining a mother or something similar, you end up excluding potential customers because the text isn’t a good fit. Printed cards never say what I want them to say (with the exception of some funny ones).

    #2 is also the one that I would want hanging on my wall.

  42. April 5, 2011 6:28 am

    Well, it’s a tie between #7 and #8 but I think I would rather have #8 on my walls and #7 on a card…or a bookmark…or a postcard…or anywhere where I can look at it all the time.

    Well done…

  43. KKh-M permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:41 am

    I like #5!

  44. Jen permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:49 am

    Love, love, love them all. But I must say # 5 is my favorite!

  45. CindyO permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:55 am


  46. April 5, 2011 6:55 am

    #7 because it looks like me. πŸ˜‰

    Also I love it, in a less prideful way.

  47. Sandy permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:00 am

    I love #7 for both the card and print. No frame on the card

  48. April 5, 2011 7:07 am

    Number 8 all the way. It is beautiful, it is pure, it is natural. I love it.

  49. melissa permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:08 am

    7 and 8

  50. Mary permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:18 am

    5,7, or 10 for the card and any of them for the print.

    Beautiful work!!

  51. allie permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:21 am

    5 & 8 are both gorgeous. Print without frame.

  52. April 5, 2011 7:22 am

    I love number 7, they each have their own spirit-I’m not sure that’s the right word. But they are each beautiful in a different way. But number 7 whispers to my heart in a beautiful way.

  53. April 5, 2011 7:24 am

    5,7,8, 10 and 11 are my top 5 card choices. If I had to choose one it would be 5 or 7 – unframed, no text. I would put #4 on my wall, #5 on my sister-in-law’s wall. Such beautiful work!

  54. Andrea permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:25 am

    #13 without a doubt!

  55. Lindsay permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:27 am

    I love 5 with the frame. For prints, 5 and 8 with or without frames. Beautiful!

  56. April 5, 2011 7:32 am

    I adore #7 and think it would be perfect for the card. As for the fine art print, I’m sorry but it’s too hard to choose. They’re all so beautiful. You’re incredibly talented. Thank you for sharing your work.

  57. Rebecca permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:34 am

    Number 7. Stunning.

  58. Kerri permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:48 am


  59. Kelly Tippetts permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:51 am

    #7 is my most favorite.

  60. April 5, 2011 7:56 am

    Number 7 is ethereal. I love it. I think it could be printed with or without the frame. If you go with one of the more abstract paintings, I think you should definitely include the frame, though–they really play off each other.

    Beautiful work.

  61. Laura Bullock permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:57 am

    I love number 7 and 8, but they are all very beautiful.

  62. corinne purnell permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:00 am

    i love 14

  63. Michelle Terry permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:01 am

    I love number 7 for the fine print and card. I think the frame is beautiful as well. I don’t think the card needs any words. The picture says it all. Beautiful!

  64. Lisa Fluckiger permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:12 am

    2, 7, 13. Beautiful.

  65. Lisa permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:19 am

    #7 is my favorite

  66. Ashley permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:21 am

    I am in love with #7. Maybe since I have an 8 week old, my fourth and last child, and the sweetest part of my life right now are those quiet sleeping moments. Precious.

  67. April 5, 2011 8:21 am

    All so beautiful, but I wish I could make #7 mine.

  68. kim permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:22 am

    3 and 5. They are all so beautiful.

  69. April 5, 2011 8:25 am

    #7 is my favorite!

  70. Ronelle Cannon permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:27 am

    Love 14. My fav. You’re very talented.

  71. andrea jay permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:30 am

    7, w/ frame, and no words. lovely lovely

  72. guinevere permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:31 am

    #7 is universally lovely. I love #9, too. But I can already tell that I want to hang #3 on my wall. I would send Christmas cards of #13.

  73. Lisa permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:31 am

    #7 is my very favorite, but I do love #5 a lot too. Every piece is beautiful, but I do think #7 is especially stunning.

  74. Cori H. permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:36 am

    I really like #5. Yesterday I connected with an old college roommate who is in the process of becoming foster parents. Her kids look nothing like her, but she is giving them the best life she can. It reminds me of Sister Sheri Dew’s talk: “Are we not all mothers?” Mother’s day is a time to celebrate women and the relationships and divine nature that we have.

    As for the fine print, I would LOVE #7 in my room!

  75. April 5, 2011 8:36 am

    My heart swelled over all of them but I will say #7 has won me over. I am in love with it.
    You are a beautiful talent, thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Oh, and no frame, no text. The picture says it all…in my little opinion.
    Good luck! You really cant go wrong with any of them.

  76. Lindsey Worthen permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:36 am

    They are all amazing, but my favorite is clearly #1. Amazing…

  77. Jessica permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:39 am

    number 7, no frame

  78. April 5, 2011 8:40 am

    I love #7 & #8. Either would be lovely for a card or a fine art print. For the card, I think I would include the image sans-frame. Beautiful paintings!

  79. Erin permalink
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  80. Becca permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:40 am

    So hard to choose! I love 5, 6 and 7.
    I would love any of them as a fine art print or as a card. I think 6 and 7 would be my top picks for fine art to put in my house. So beautiful.
    I don’t think text is necessary. The art speaks for itself!

  81. Tricia permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:41 am

    #7 is my favorite.

  82. Mindy permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:42 am

    I LOVE #7! No words are needed. The picture actually brought tears to my eyes because it brought back all those precious memories of the newborn stage. Have C. Jane let us all know if this picture goes to print!

  83. Rachel permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:44 am

    I like #2 best. I would include the frame in the picture. I don’t think there should be words on the outside of the card. To hang on the wall I’d choose 1 or 9. Probably 9.

  84. Amy Kroon permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:47 am

    #7… beautiful and perfect for a card and a print. This feels a little sacrilegious to say but #7 is the most marketable by far.

    That said… #5 is my favorite.

  85. Sharylann permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:48 am

    I love number 7. I think it rocks and I like it with the frame.

  86. Jill Dickey permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:53 am

    I like number #7 best. She is a red head with a bald baby. Just like me!

  87. April 5, 2011 8:57 am

    i vote for number 7 too! your work is lovely … thanks for sharing!
    definitely number 7!!

  88. Jessie Sears permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:11 am

    2, 7, and 8 are my favorites. I love the simplicity of #2. #8 is beautiful for all that it stands for and #7 takes my breath away. #7 for the card, no frame no words….just your beautiful artwork. Congratulations you made an amazing collection!

  89. April 5, 2011 9:15 am

    #7 & #8 are my favorites, but between the two, I would have to pick #7. Peaceful and simply beautiful.

  90. April 5, 2011 9:16 am

    #1 for the card. I can’t decide if I like it better with the frame or without. I think the words I might put with it are: “Thanks (Praise?) be to God, for you are my child.” It’s a simple thing to say, but it expresses what I feel as I look into my babies’ faces.
    I would love #1 or #7 on my wall the best I think. They’re all lovely.

  91. Sarah permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:16 am

    Definitely #7 its so peaceful and *goosebumps* I love it!

  92. April 5, 2011 9:22 am

    #7 it speaks to my soul!!! I had a ahhhh moment when I saw it. I love the story behind the paintings. That you use the frame to inspire the painting. For that reason I would keep the frame on the card. So people can see what the frame was that ispired the painting!

  93. April 5, 2011 9:24 am

    I just wanted to add. For a Christmas card I would love #1! But for Mothers Day definately #7!!

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    April 5, 2011 9:24 am


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    April 5, 2011 9:25 am


  96. Beth permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:25 am

    I like #13 the best!

  97. April 5, 2011 9:26 am

    #7, no frame, no words.

    All are amazing. (#2 is my second place!)

  98. Heather Young permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:26 am

    #7 or # 11

  99. Elise permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:30 am

    # 7 for the card, #13 for the fine art print.

  100. Rhonda Calderon permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:30 am

    #5 for all of the White mamas with brown skinned babes who long to see their love in art. Thank you for creating this. I’d buy as a card and as a print for sure. (No frame on any image and no words, agreed!)

  101. Lauren permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:31 am

    Number 2 for the card, definitely, with the frame. It works perfectly together. I think 7 would be best for the print – and it is almost my favorite, but I think you have a little too much breast in it. It draws the eye a little more than it should for the composition as a whole. I think in number 8 you see the face first, so the balance is right, but somehow not in number 7? Not sure why. A beautiful series!

  102. Edith Songer permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:34 am

    13 is my top pick.

  103. April 5, 2011 9:39 am

    For the general population I love #7 but for myself I love #5 and know tons of transracial families that would love it too. It is pretty rare to find a picture of a mother and child that aren’t the same skin tone so when we find one we love it and spread the word.

  104. Madeline permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:43 am

    7 and 13 are my favorites.

  105. Samantha Jacobson permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:47 am

    Ohhh how I’d love #2 or #13 to hang in my nursery! Those are my two votes for prints for the house and for the cards. Those are all stunningly beautiful! I would have loves to see the bigger versions of some you have only the thumbnail. #11 in particular. Gorgeous gorgeous work.

  106. Amy permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:52 am

    I like number #7 for the card without a frame. No words on front.

    I think #1, 11 , and 12 would be fine art I would hang on my walls.

    Good luck!! They all look just wonderful.

  107. Jan permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:53 am

    # 7 or 8. No frame. AMAZING!! Wish I could own them both!! :))

  108. Kathleen permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:54 am

    They are all so beautiful, I cannot possible pick just one! My top picks are #5, #8 and #13.

  109. Lisa S. permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:02 am

    They are all exquisite; however, I am swooning over #7.

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful work.

  110. Jessica permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:03 am

    I love #8 because I have long red hair and I’m a mother of 3 beautiful little girls. I love it. I stared at it for quite awhile. Reminds me of me with each of my girls. Gorgeous work!

  111. Becky Jo permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:03 am

    #7 is my favorite with #14 coming in at a close second. I love how in that one (#14) she’s leaning down into the baby like she’s comforting and calming him. I don’t see that in any of the others and I love it. But #7 is just beautiful. Well done.

  112. Meghan permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:04 am

    10! 5! 3! These are magnificent.

  113. April 5, 2011 10:10 am

    #7 Easy

  114. Audra Bollard permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:14 am

    Love, love, love #7.

  115. Heather permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:14 am

    # 7 all the way.

  116. Karen permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:17 am

    I love number 7 and number 8

  117. Mary L. permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:20 am

    I like # 7 and #13.

  118. Mary Starke permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:22 am

    They are all lovely, but #7 is perfect and I love it!

  119. Pam Parzych permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:29 am

    #7 with the frame. Love it!

  120. Leslie permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:39 am

    I like 7, 8 & 13

  121. Susan Cook permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:43 am

    #11 for sure.

  122. Mary permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:46 am

    I love number seven also, although I am also drawn to number one. Beautiful work.

  123. Kristi permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:47 am

    I love #7.

  124. Tiffany permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:53 am

    I love #5!

  125. Erin permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:54 am

    I am in love with #7!!!

  126. K Silvestro permalink
    April 5, 2011 10:55 am

    My vote:
    7 for a card sans frame, sans words.
    14 for a fine art print

    • K Silvestro permalink
      April 5, 2011 10:56 am

      But, then again #2 has such a feeling of tenderness.

  127. Stephanie permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:02 am

    #7 is gorgeous and so is #8. but #7 is my favorite.

  128. Ricki permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:10 am

    All are so beautiful.

    1. Number 3 for a card, no frame and no words. If someone wanted to frame it they could, if it didn’t have a frame as part of the image.

    2. Number 2 for a fine art print to go on a wall. I love the simplicity of the mother’s gown and the colors in this one.

  129. Danette permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:12 am

    I like #5 for the card. It represents all kinds of mothers-birth, adopted, aunts, friends–anyone who has been a mother or “like a mother” to you.
    I also really like #7 and #13 for prints

  130. Ruth Bybee permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:20 am

    I order
    #7 without a frame just the edges fuzzed filling the front of the card no words then it can be used with anything not just mothers day

  131. Amy permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:26 am

    #7 is definitely my favorite…BEAUTIFUL!

  132. April 5, 2011 11:43 am

    I love # 13 – lucky 13 for the card and # 7 for the fine art print.

  133. Amy livingston permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:50 am


  134. Lindsey permalink
    April 5, 2011 11:59 am

    I love the softness of #2. Without frame or text. Pray about it.

  135. Jenny permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:00 pm

    #7 is my most favorite and I want to hang it on my wall. I really love 11 also, for a card or a gorgeous piece of awesome art. I have no suggestions for the text.

    I could look at these all day long.

  136. Andrea permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:18 pm

    All of them would be great cards-no words or frame, a person can then frame the card.
    #7 is the one I would choose to hang on my wall.
    But in the end it’s your choice. You’ll choose well!

  137. Jeannie permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:25 pm

    I love #7 I think it’s my favorite, but #8 moves me as well. I also love 13 I like the silver running throughout. I think 13 might be btter for Christmas though. I think a card, no frame and no text. You do absolutely beautiful work. Made me all teary.

  138. April 5, 2011 12:30 pm

    I love them all. 7 and 8 are my favorites.

  139. Laura permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:31 pm

    i like #7

  140. Marilou permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:34 pm

    My favourite is #13, second choice is #7.

  141. Tiff permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:43 pm

    13 or 7.

  142. April 5, 2011 12:44 pm

    i like #7 & #8. but #5 is my absolute fave! my children are adopted and are not the same ethnicity as me. that one stood out to me because of my journey in motherhood.

    i love any/all of them with the frame. they just add to it so much. and i think words are not really necessary….unless on the inside there is just THE perfect quote about motherhood.

  143. April 5, 2011 12:51 pm

    7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 …..I love 7!

  144. Heather R permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:52 pm

    i vote for #5. beautiful series.

  145. Eva Syphus permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:21 pm

    All of them are so beautiful, it is so hard to choose!!!1 and 13 are absolutely gorgeous but too catholic for some Mormon but you might touch a wider audience . I will choose 7 it is more original, so delicate and beautiful. I love the frames on all of them ,they add so much to the painting and they are so perfect for each painting; but for a post card I would not include the frame.
    Don’t writ anything on the card, especially the 1 and 13 they might be used for Christmas.

    I have a solution, print all of them as a series in a box, this way we can send a card to the mothers we know or for any other occasion, depending on their personality and back ground.


  146. Kate L permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:25 pm

    My favs are #5, 7 and 8. I think 7 would sell great as a fine art print – very etherial and angelic.

  147. April 5, 2011 1:33 pm

    7 and 13! Love them all though, each one is so unique, with its own little something special.

  148. Donna Jo Smith permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:34 pm

    I love 7. and 8.

  149. April 5, 2011 1:36 pm

    i met you in nauvoo and since then, my husband and i are huge fans of your work!!!!!!! we have two of your prints framed in our living room….
    i would love to own #8. so incredibly beautiful.
    for a card, i think #7 is elegant and whimsical:)

  150. Chrissy permalink
    April 5, 2011 1:42 pm

    Number 7 is by far my favorite, though I also really like #5. They are all beautiful!

  151. Carole Weitner permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:03 pm

    I vote for number 2. I think it captures the amazing emotion, tenderness and fierce bond of seeing one’s child for the first time. They are all lovely though.

  152. April 5, 2011 2:07 pm

    I like #5 and #8 the best!

  153. Nancy Wilkes permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:07 pm

    What lovely work! Number 7 moves me beyond words. As I am a bit of an art snob, I would actually feel honored to display this elegance in my own home. Please continue to enlighten and delight us!

  154. April 5, 2011 2:07 pm

    7 and 8 are my favorites!

  155. jodee permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:15 pm

    #7 no frame no words
    so perfect

  156. rachel permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:15 pm

    number one or number thirteen.

  157. Stephanie White permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:16 pm

    Number 7 is my most favorite one. It is beautiful and I want one for my home.

  158. Amie permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:47 pm

    7 with no frame would be my choice for a mass appeal MD card. I do so love, love number 8, but it may not appeal to as wide a group of people. I can’t wait to see the unfinished works, especially number 11. But my choice if I could snatch one and take it home right now–number 14. It made me cry. I think it speaks to my life right now, which explains my reaction. Personal bias aside, there is still such power in the painting and I really like the interplay between the dark and the light, the strength and the tenderness, what’s hidden versus revealed, and so on.

  159. April 5, 2011 2:49 pm

    #11 gets my vote.

    It seems so timeless to me. I wish I had a bigger view!

    I wouldn’t be upset if 1, 7, or 8 were chosen, though. Can’t you tell I had a hard time choosing?

  160. April 5, 2011 2:51 pm

    Like most others, I LOVE #7. I think it is perfect for the wall and would make a beautiful card with no words. It would also make a lovely notecard for general correspondence.

  161. Alyse permalink
    April 5, 2011 2:58 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE #7 ,and wish it was hanging in my home. For a card, I might do #5 or #8. They are spectacular. What an incredible artist you are!

  162. Bev permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:00 pm

    #7 No frame, no words…. outstanding work. thanks for sharing the lovely video …. a master at work!

  163. Fran Fry permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:06 pm

    They would all work very well as non-messaged cars. An assorted box would be great. As for the fine art prints, #13 and #14. Hands down.

  164. April 5, 2011 3:07 pm

    I love #11, i wish i could own it. It would be beautiful as a stand alone. I also think that about #7 as well. But i think that #’s10,11, & 12 would make wonderful mothers day cards. I think that you should include the frame with them since they are created with the frame in mind. You do beautiful work.

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  166. Melinda W permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:34 pm

    #7 Please and no words needed. Takes my breath away looking at it!!!

  167. Camille Farias permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:37 pm

    #4, #10, #11, #12, #13
    They’re all gorgeous. I would love to purchase one, if the opportunity presented itself.

  168. Becky Bagley permalink
    April 5, 2011 3:56 pm

    All amazing! For card-art, I would pick either # 1, # 6, # 7 or # 13. Keep the frame. They are simply beautiful!

  169. Peach permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:02 pm

    I like 7 the best. I looked at all the pictures, and then watched the video that showed the evolution. I am so impressed! What a marvelous talent you have. Thank You for sharing.

  170. Kara permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:02 pm

    #7 is my favorite. It’s absolutely beautiful! I think the card could do without the frame so that the picture can take up the entire cover of the card. I would use this for art in my home. It captures the beauty of Motherhood. Good luck!

  171. suzi permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:02 pm

    NUMBER 7…… I. Want. it. GORGEOUS, it jumped out at me and took hold of my heart.

  172. Kylie permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:09 pm

    I love #7!!

  173. Peach permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:12 pm

    PS To buy I would love the frame that is on it. For the Mother’s Day Cards I would buy frame-less and no words.

  174. kerri permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:51 pm

    7 hands down!

  175. g. holt permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:57 pm

    Number 7 for Mother’s Day would be angelically lovely!

  176. A McCoy permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:06 pm

    I love number 7!!!!!

  177. Maggie permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:24 pm


  178. Amy permalink
    April 5, 2011 6:32 pm




    No doubt about it….such a beautiful image.

    Go 7!!!

  179. Tamara Rock permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:01 pm

    # 7 is my favorite!

  180. April 5, 2011 7:03 pm

    After watching the video I really like #7. So sweet and beautiful! I also love #14. I think they would look great without the frame on the card. Just keep it simple is what I like best. I would love to hang ANY of those paintings in my home. But #7 just touches me more than the others. BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!

  181. April 5, 2011 7:17 pm

    I so love your art and have for some time now. One of these days, I hope to have one of your paintings hanging in my house. πŸ™‚

    I just love the entire series, but the one that stood out to me is #5. The colors, the simplicity. It speaks to mothers everywhere — Christian or not. It doesn’t need a frame or words. Let the art speak for itself. The best text in any card is the sentiment that comes from the giver’s heart. As a mother, those are the cards I like best. My kids need to learn how to communicate their feelings and not rely on Hallmark to do it for them. πŸ™‚

  182. April 5, 2011 7:35 pm

    Number 7 without the frame. All of them are gorgeous though.

  183. Kathy permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:44 pm

    So many beautiful works of art. My favorite one is …# one.

  184. Nat permalink
    April 5, 2011 7:47 pm

    #7 is definitely my favorite. Simply beautiful!

  185. April 5, 2011 7:57 pm

    #7. Beautiful.

  186. Dianne permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:12 pm

    # 13 is by far the best. I say this with an educated eye…I was a high school art teacher for 10 years! πŸ™‚

  187. aubrey permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:20 pm

    I would like to own number 7 and 11 looks like it is going to be amazing (they all are really). 13 would be an amazing Christmas card, with the frame.
    Good luck, your talent is a gift to us all.

  188. Chanelle permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:35 pm

    My personal favorites are #7 and #8. Both would make great wall art. As for the cards, I’d probably pick #7 without the frame. That way the focus is more on the beautiful art.

    Truthfully, they are all beautiful. Thank you for sharing your fantastic talent with all of us!

  189. Bek permalink
    April 5, 2011 8:41 pm

    Number 8 speaks to me because it looks like it could be any mom. I want to buy number 5. Name your price. That is what my family looks like. Fair skinned mom and brown babies- but no different in the purpose and work of mothering. Not all of us ” match'” our babies. My babies need to see art like that.

  190. Lauren permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:12 pm

    Favorttes: #5 my favorite (but we’ve adopted trans-racially, so it is very special to me), #7 for general Mother’s Day, #8 for intimate mother’s day or new baby congratulations, #13 for Christmas

  191. Jen B. permalink
    April 5, 2011 9:47 pm

    #7 for sure, hands down, absolutely!

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    April 5, 2011 11:10 pm


  194. denise permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:38 am

    I love #7 for a card and a print. Beautiful. I also agree with others, #13 would be beautiful for a Christmas card. Stunning work.

  195. April H permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:36 am

    5 and 7

  196. jamie permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:58 am

    i enjoy all of them…i love 13, 7, 6!
    7 would made a beautiful “anything”
    frame on the card, no frame on the print…

    13 speaks to me…it speaks volumes…

    6…just because…

  197. Lisa Meece permalink
    April 6, 2011 6:38 am

    Number 7 is my favorite but I also am drawn to number 12. I think it’s because this is the way I prefer to hold babies–over my heart.

  198. April 6, 2011 7:32 am

    Definitely #7! Beautiful. Just gorgeous.

  199. carol permalink
    April 6, 2011 7:47 am

    Love all of them. Print them all?
    7 and 13 if you can’t do that.

  200. April 6, 2011 8:18 am

    card: I know they aren’t finished yet, but I like #11, #12, and #10 a lot. No frame or words.

    art for home: #8 and #7

    Beautiful work!

  201. Deb permalink
    April 6, 2011 8:35 am

    I love 7 and 8.
    7 because of the colors and softness
    8 because it is the perfect picture of a mothers neutering from the day of birth.

    Love all the frames. Use any one. It really finishes the photo.

  202. April 6, 2011 9:06 am

    Just beautiful… #7 and #13 are my favorites.

  203. Charity permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:21 am


  204. Shelbey permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:10 pm

    #7 would be my choice for a card, frame not included, no text

    #8 would be a beautiful take home treasure

  205. Kim permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:48 pm

    Lots of beauty to choose from, but I love #13 the most!

  206. April 6, 2011 12:56 pm

    1, 5, 7, 13

  207. Robyn permalink
    April 6, 2011 12:59 pm

    #5. Instant fave.

  208. Lynette Barker permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:14 pm

    #8 is my favorite!

  209. Victoria permalink
    April 6, 2011 1:45 pm

    2 is beautiful. That’s the one I’d want hanging on my wall. 14, I would also hang. For the card, 5 and 7.

  210. April 6, 2011 2:34 pm

    they are all so beautiful, I am in love! #7 just jumped at me, though. I love it!

  211. April 6, 2011 2:59 pm

    #7 and #5 are my favorites

  212. Rebecca Loveland permalink
    April 6, 2011 3:56 pm


  213. Rebecca W permalink
    April 6, 2011 4:22 pm

    Hanging on my wall, #7, #14, I can’t decide which one I am more in love with. On a card #1, #2. I definatly want one on my wall though, so…. Keep us informed on the who, what, where etc….

  214. Carmen M. permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:24 pm

    Sorry but I can’t decide! I have 3 favorites… 5, 7 & 8!!! 7 may be a tad ahead, but it is hard to tell…

  215. amanda jane permalink
    April 6, 2011 5:26 pm

    all so lovely. my choice is 5.

  216. April 6, 2011 8:24 pm

    7 is my favorite, but I love 5 too.

  217. April 6, 2011 8:49 pm

    I like both #7 and #5.

  218. April 6, 2011 9:08 pm


    Then thirteen.

    But seven speaks to me. With or without the frame.

  219. Emily permalink
    April 6, 2011 9:57 pm

    #2 or #13 for the card. #7 for the print. Or vice versa.

  220. Mitzi permalink
    April 6, 2011 10:05 pm

    I’d have to say #5 for sure! It reminds me of me and my sweet adopted babies.

  221. Lauren permalink
    April 7, 2011 6:26 am


  222. Jessica permalink
    April 7, 2011 2:35 pm


  223. April 7, 2011 9:00 pm

    For a card, 7. No frame, no words. For an at-home, 8. I will buy it if it’s not already spoken for. See you at the studio tour. I absolutely love your work; some friends of mine have an original of Jesus’ face of yours, and it speaks to my soul every time I see it. Thank you for putting so much of yourself into your art. Keep up the magnificent work.

  224. Maren Jensen permalink
    April 7, 2011 9:24 pm

    Oh my. First, thank you for moving me and so exquisitely expressing the beauty of the mother and child bond. I cannot wait to see these in person.

    #7 is my favourite. But I also dearly love #8, #1, & #13

    I think that for a print it should be done without the frame, but it might be nice on the card, especially since it was the frames that inspired each piece.

    No words on the inside of the card. The art says it all.

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  226. Mary-Rose McMullin permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:52 pm

    Loved them all. I, too, think the metallic Madonnas would be beautiful as Christmas cards. My first choice for a Mother’s day card would be #8 or 11, but I also love #8. No frames, no words. I would love an assortment. Thanks for the tribute to motherhood.

  227. April 8, 2011 8:30 pm

    I think my favorite is #7 with #9 being a close second. Just beautiful. #7 for fine art or cards. I do not think any words on the front of the card with the artwork- at all – would detract… on the inside of the card – it would depend – but definitely nothing on the front.

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  229. Gabriele permalink
    April 9, 2011 9:19 am

    #7,please, as a card, no words. I would love to buy it!

  230. April 9, 2011 2:59 pm

    #11 for a card, but they are all exceptionally beautiful! Bravo!

  231. April 9, 2011 11:15 pm

    #8 and #13 are my favorite.

  232. Carrie permalink
    April 10, 2011 2:54 am


  233. Erinn permalink
    April 10, 2011 1:27 pm

    Beautiful work but I love #7 the best.

  234. April 10, 2011 1:28 pm

    Awesome! It’s actually very reassuring to look at these and feel the spirit behind them and the importance of Motherhood.
    Vote for #11, #8 (for my nursery room), and #4

  235. April 10, 2011 5:36 pm

    I think I’m a little late on this…which makes me sad, because I don’t see many votes for my favorites, which are #1 and #3. I LOVE these two. #13 is also one of my favorites, and I would love to have any of them in my home. For the card and print–no words and no frame. Let the images speak for themselves. And I think I would put the print in a frame as close to the same as I could get to the original frame that inspired the piece, so I wouldn’t want the frame printed as part of the print.

    Well done on all of these! You are truly talented, but I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that!

  236. Sarah permalink
    April 11, 2011 8:48 am

    I love all of them, especially the cool textures. For a card though, I’m intrigued by #11. It’s beautiful!

  237. debra peck permalink
    April 11, 2011 9:21 pm

    3 is my favorite, although i think i would like it more for a fine art print than a card. for a card, i would probably pick 11, sans frame.

  238. Susan Hilton Andersen permalink
    April 12, 2011 9:59 am

    I loved the time lapse. I looked at the pictures, then when you said you did them to match the frames I re-looked and saw really fun similarities. Good job!

    I have another idea for you. Jesus in the garden, lying face down, helpless, as pain wracks his body (see “The First Vision” when Satan tries to get Joseph). Blood on all his skin and ground, nature leaning in



  239. Susan Hilton Andersen permalink
    April 12, 2011 10:03 am

    Also, Mary and Jesus: what woman is sitting up after having delivered a baby, especially her first? She’s lying down, wiped out, and sleeping.

  240. Toni Thomas permalink
    April 12, 2011 10:37 am

    They are all so beautiful. #7 melts me, though. That for card, no frame, no words.


  241. April 12, 2011 12:37 pm

    3 by far! It is so beautiful, it takes my breath away

  242. rychelle permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:15 pm

    #10. for sure.

  243. April 12, 2011 5:42 pm

    The answer is YES. But to get more specific …

    I love 5!!!! It looks effortless. It is universal, but not because of the image — because of how naturally you have expressed the gesture. I feel like it pulls me in with an intelligent silent question.

    The next major jaw dropper is #10. Talk about giving beauty back to God and women! Opposite kind of painting from #5, but hey — who can collect just one side of Kirk Richards. Lovely and complicated in composition — it is a frank in its position and speaks with a strong voice full of grace. It reminds me of many goddess mothers who embody this emotion.

    Both 2 and 12 are classic J. Kirk Richards to me. Beautiful, forever pieces.

    Number 8 I love for how straight forward it is.

    That’s all.


  244. April 12, 2011 6:03 pm

    Wait … I said that’s all, but don’t believe me!!!

    I said #2 , but I meant to say # 3. Overshare, but if I had to pick an order I would put it 5, 10, 3, 8, — all for #1. Second round — 12.

    AND … I have a major question mark next to 9?? It’s growing on me … but I feel like I am still waiting for it to climb to the surface 100%. Different and slightly more uncomfortable — strangely gorgeous, but not in the way I thought it should be. It asks the question of where are these figures going to end up when they both have a little more time and work put into them??

    That sounds exactly like my experience of being a new mother!! I would love to hear what others have said about this painting.


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