Here are Lil'Jean's latest works.  On a given day you may find portraits of
people and pets, still life and life drawings...
“Classy Cardinal"        

12 x 12
Acrylic and Paper on Board

Cardinals constantly visit our backyard feeder.
We so enjoy their families growing up before our
eyes. They are a burst of color against a green
background.
“Visitor on the Lemons"                
                   
6 x 8
Oil on Canvas Board

My neighbor has a lemon tree that
produced over three hundred lemons!  
Needless to say, he was sharing with the
neighbors. Lemon pies, lemon curd,
lemon cookies…until only these two were
left. This little visitor was the last neighbor
to claim his share.
Studio specializing in classical oil painting with locations in West Houston and The Silos on Sawyer in the Texas Art District
“Busy as a Bee"                
                    
8 x 8
Oil and Paper on Board

The first time I heard this saying was by a nun in
kindergarten. She was telling us to get “busy as a bee”.
I was clueless. Only later did I understand that she was
telling us to be busy producing for ourselves, our family,
and our community.
“Painted Bunting”
      
10 x 10
Oil on Canvas                        

A little painted bunting landed on my back porch swing.
It was a shock to see him sitting there. At the time I had
taken a break from painting and the idea came to me to
put them together. I love this painting.
“Ghost of the Longhorn"                                  

18 x 22
Oil on Canvas

I love the trompe l’oeil effect. I had done a sky painting
of the Texas landscape and felt it needed more. The
longhorn made its presence in the cattle drives for
about ten years, then it vanished. We are fortunate that
people have taken the time and effort to bring them
back.  This painting represents the spiritual impact of
the longhorn on Texas and the old west.
“Bone Pickers"                                  

20 x 24
Oil on Canvas

While visiting Terlingua Texas we stopped off in Alpine
at the museum at Sul Ross University. I was shocked
to see a huge pterodactyl fossil. This bird had a wing
span of 35 feet! I wanted this painting to show the feel
of the desert and to think about how old it is. The men
in this painting are unearthing fossils.
“European Goldfinches on Crepe Myrtle"        
  
24 x 36
Oil on Board

In a lot of the old master religious paintings European
goldfinches were added to ward off evil, be it the plague
or other misfortunes. I was trimming my crepe myrtle
and sketched this branch into an unusual frame. The
frame seemed to have a religious connotation so I
decided to put the two together.
American goldfinches are all yellow, whereas
European goldfinches are multicolored with only a
small spot of yellow.
“Bluebirds on Oranges"        
                 
12 x 16
Oil on Canvas w True Gesso

For a very long time I have wanted to do a series of fruit
and bird paintings. This is number one of that series. A
friend of mine did nothing but complain about all the
bluebirds in her back yard. She said they messed up
her lawn furniture. I just thought how lucky she was to
have the bluebirds of happiness there. That moment
was the start of this painting.
“Chickens in Puerto
Vallarta"                
                   
12 x 12
Oil on Canvas

While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta
at a lovely resort, out of the corner of
my eye, what do I see but a gang of
chickens. The hotel staff was busy
shooing them off. The memory is
burned into my brain, so of course,
this painting had to come.
“Bison in Yellowstone"                
                      
11 x 14
Oil on Canvas

Rule number one: never get in the way of a bison
during mating season. We ran across hundreds of
bison looking for mates. The ritual is truly impressive,
with the females playing coy while the big bulls rumble
and strut their stuff. The mating sound of the bulls is
very intimidating to the observer, but apparently
irresistible to the females.
“Crawfish Time!"        

12 x 12
Oil and Newsprint on Canvas

My Cajun roots are showing.
Everyone in my family so looked
forward to crawfish season. The
only problem with this painting is
there is only one crawfish.
“Fisherman on the Bayou"                
                    
8 x 10
Oil on Canvas

The Bayou Teche highlighted by the setting sun
is at its most glorious. This painting is an out of
my head experience from childhood memories.
The extraordinary effect of the lighting contrasts
with the ordinary every day activity of the
fishermen.