More Helen Andersen paintings
Like any grandmother, Helen Andersen loved her grand kids and her photos of them. When she turned to those photos as reference for paintings, she used them to explore and express character in her subjects, not to produce sentimental idealizations. Brooke is grown up now, but I think you can see a lot of his boyish energy, personality and independence in this depiction.
Carlie, her granddaughter was a special darling. Helen just adored her. In this oil, she takes Carlie just as she is… a solid character with her own way of seeing things, and utterly unpretentious. I think I know why Helen felt so close to her.