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Lois Curtin

Gwenn Seemel
Lois
2006
acrylic on canvas
21 x 21 inches

Lois’s portrait is stretched on a frame I made myself. In fact, it was the first stretcher I had made in years. I learned from James Thompson how to build them when I was in school, but, as I began to paint for a living in 2003, my father took on the task of building my stretchers.

It was only in 2006 that I relieved him of this duty, because I decided that I wanted to be more flexible about the sizes of my paintings. I am still grateful for the years of technical work that my father put into my paintings, just as I’m grateful for the bag-sewing my mother has done.