This is the first Wedding Cake Portrait that I've painted in about three years. It was a very special project due to the relationship I have developed with the recipients, Marcia Le Beau and Lee Seidenberg. Marcia and Lee live in a neighboring New Jersey town and I bumped into Lee, an advertising creative, illustrator and photographer, during an arts festival in South Orange a couple of years ago. Through our conversation we discovered that not only does Lee share my husband's first name, but his wife, Marcia, a published poet, worked with my sister-in-law at an advertising agency years ago. Lee and I kept in touch on social media until he enrolled Marcia in my watercolor class as a gift last year.
An email came through my inbox recently from a local charity, Oasis, asking for donations to support their moms. With mothers on our mind I thought now is the perfect time to launch a month-long mission to raise awareness about Oasis and donate 15% of profits from my art sales.
Oasis is based in nearby Paterson, NJ, a city that exhibits a child poverty rate of 42%, compared to a 16% statewide rate. I've supported them in the past due to their excellent programs and their rating on Charity Navigator, plus 83% of their donations go directly to the women and children they aim to help. I've worked with and donated to other organizations in the past that help moms due to the direct link in helping future generations. By helping moms become self-sufficient, their children benefit directly by a higher quality of life. Moms are important.
All of the art on my web site and anything in my studio qualifies towards my donation (with the exception of a few pieces going out to exhibit this month). A limited selection of works are available for online purchases in my store, and most other available works are in my portfolio. Shipping is available for anything not listed in my store, just contact me with the art of interest and we will determine shipping costs or delivery details. If you're within a 25 mile radius, I'm happy to offer complimentary delivery. Any commissioned works, including my Wedding Cake Portraits, also qualify towards my donation. I would love to aid in Oasis' mission to "change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower women and children in need." Enjoy browsing through my works and I hope you'll find some art to love that will help me lift up a mom in Paterson.
A special thanks to my mom, my husband, and my kids as we approach mother's day. I'm grateful for my mom's unconditional love and lessons in becoming a mother, and for my husband in helping me through the ups and downs of motherhood, and to my kids who have taught me a new kind of love and become creative in ways I never thought possible. Happy Mothers Day to my mom, my sister on her first Mother's Day, and to all of the moms out there who work so hard every day to feed, clothe, and love your kids.
Since my own wedding in 2004 to my sweetheart of, gasp, 12 years in December, I've been painting couples' sweetest wedding day memory . . . their cake. They are artistic, delicious (one hopes), and a visual symbol of a couples' special day. Once the day is over, so is the cake, unless the couple saves the top for the 1st anniversary tasting. A Wedding Cake Portrait savors your day forever by letting you eat your cake, and, have it too! And, for those last-minute gift givers looking for something extraordinary for your sweetheart, you can commission a Wedding Cake Portrait of your cake and I will send you a printable card to present on Valentine's Day.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, our new pup, Cider, while making and teaching art. TraillWorks is the apron under which I create and teach. My own art develops mostly in my home studio, but is often spurred through my teaching, and travels. I just relocated to Durham, NC, from West Orange, NJ, so my studio is in renovation right now.
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