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Oil Paint on Gessoed Masonite Panel
lower left corner
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Resipitory
Jacqueline Raatz, a Fargo native, received her BFA from the University of North Dakota. She enjoys painting realistic scenes and portraits, and is also developing pen-and-ink comic strip stories about her various past jobs, family life, and the Army National Guard, from which she retired in January 2020. She lives with her family in East Grand Forks, MN.
Lately I have been making a point of drawing and painting "from life" as much as possible. Now confined to my home, I occasionally persuade family members to sit for portraits. So, one afternoon in April, I instructed my two (very fidgety) sons to put on their Sunday dress shirts and had them sit on the piano bench before my easel. They flopped around a bit, but humored me at moments when I reminded them that their favorite video games awaited. Their listlessness seems to be the overall subject of the painting. These feelings of frustration and impatience are part of the larger picture here in ND that many of us have experienced under the duress of stay-at-home orders (as well as a colder-than-usual Spring).