Asher Jesionka

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Asher recrop
Pastel on Terracotta Sand Paper.

Size: W. 14" X H. 18.5"
Date: February 26, 2014

This is one of about three pastel portraits I have attempted. I think I will one day get he hang of it.

Asher is an authentic sixties throw back. Yes, but Asher is a REAL hippy and without even trying. It’s just who he is. He plays base with North Street Band out of Perth, Ontario, Canada and traveled with me in Europe during the fall of 2013. Asher can build almost anything, he can shoot an slaughter deer or moose with a knife. More importantly he owns his own pick-up truck and quite happy to live in it if need be. His best friends are stray dogs. Essentially, if I we’re ever forced into survival mode, I’ll want to find him quick.

Funny how life works. After meeting him and planning a three week trip to England, Italy and Slovenia, I happened to learn on Facebook that his grandparents, mother and other family members were close friends of ours long before he was born. Here I am hanging out on a third branch of the Baumann – Jesionka family tree.

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John E. Haley

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John E. Haley Cropped
Charcoal Pencil on Reve’s Light Weight Cream Paper

Size: W. 14" X H. 11"
Date: February 2, 2014

John is my son-in-law, married to my daughter Amy and living only a few miles from us here in South Carolina.

Beyond the hand – eye coordination that both basketball players and artists have in common, the portrait artist must have the unique added ability of picking up on personality. It is not enough to capture a likeness and miss the soul of the subject. I didn’t pick the photo for this one but agree it is John all over the place. This is in essence the "Who" of who he is when is he most himself.

Those closest to him best know that his public and private persona are quite different. Amy picked this one out and said, "I like this one," and I agree. John likes to fish and this is when you catch him most relaxed and authentically who he is at heart. John happens to be a great guy at all times. Everyone will tell you this. It’s just that once and a while, he is more great than usual.