Archive for Oil Painting

New Portrait – Kevin Daniel Yates

Posted in Commission, Oil Painting, portrait, Portrait Art, portrait artist, portrait commissions with tags , , , on February 1, 2011 by mikeivey

Kevin Daniel “Sunshine” Yates was killed by an intoxicated driver August 1, 2011. I have the honor of serving with his mother and father as chaplains at the Harris County Jail. I gave the original 16″X20″ carbon pencil drawing to them as a gift.

Why? Because I have two sons.



Self Portrait

Posted in Commission, Commissions, Oil Painting, portrait, Portrait Art, portrait artist, Portraits with tags , on October 13, 2010 by mikeivey

Finished this self portrait October 9, 2010. 16″X20″ oil on canvas.

Portrait of Nancy and Zuri

Posted in New Posts, Oil Painting, portrait with tags , , on June 27, 2010 by mikeivey

6/26/2010 – Finished this 20″x28″ oil on canvas of my wife, Nancy and Zuri, one of our granddaughters September 2010. Nancy saw it for the first time tonight! Zuri is almost two now but the photo from which I painted them was taken at Zuri’s birth in Waco, Texas. The background was from photos in our bedroom. I noticed the light pattern on the wall one morning. The light patterns through the blinds were perfect for the photo taken in Waco. The lamp belonged to my mother and has been in the family for some time. The picture on the wall is Nancy’s wedding picture.

This is only the second portrait of my wife I have ever done. The first on was a pastel you can find on the family portrait page at this site. Nancy loved it!

Independence Texas

Posted in New Posts with tags , , on April 2, 2010 by mikeivey

I started this 16″X20″ oil from photos I took on a trip to Independence, Texas June of 2008. I finally finished it! Commission come first. It is available for sale.

Cora Spoonemore

Posted in New Posts, portrait commissions with tags , , on January 30, 2010 by mikeivey

I finished this 18″X24″ oil on canvas early Jan 2010.


Posted in Commissions, New Posts, Portraits with tags , , on August 18, 2009 by mikeivey

   A commisioned work for Paula Whitaker.


 The Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Foundation was established in 2007 by Ryan’s loving mother, Paula H. Whitaker after his death on January 29, 2007.  Ryan was 25 years old when he passed away and Ryan was Paula’s only child and the center of her life. The foundation was established with the Mission of showing Jesus’ Christ’s love to others in continuing Ryan’s mission in life “to help hurting people and those in need.”  Ryan’s mother, Paula Whitaker, a Christian Counselor, felt in her heart that Ryan would be in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ , but little did she know that it would come after his death.  The goal of The Foundation is to leave a legacy of Ryan’s short lived life and to bring Glory to God in everything that is done.

 Ryan Whitaker had a heart as big as Texas.  He loved people and he wanted to help people where ever he went.  Twelve days before his death, Ryan told his Mother that he wanted to go back to school at Lone Star College, Tomball and study to become a nurse. When his mother asked him why, he stated: “I want to help people, Mom.” This has given his Mother and their whole family direction, to honor God and honoring Ryan’s memory and his last wishes.  Paula Whitaker, Ryan’s mother has also established the Ryan Paul Whitaker Nursing Scholarship Endowment at Lone Star College-Tomball to provide nursing and medical scholarships to those who want to “help others” as Ryan did.   Also in keeping with Ryan’s last wishes,  TOMAGWA Ministries was chosen  as one way to carry on Ryan’s last wishes and to show the Love of Jesus though helping people who need medical care and healing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually though excellent medical care and Ministry.  

 In honor of God and in Memory of Ryan Paul Whitaker, the New TOMAGWA Medical Clinic will be named  The Ryan Paul Whitaker Memorial Medical Center to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ,  in Matthew 25.  In helping, caring, and ministering to others we are directly and indirectly doing those things to and for the Lord.  

PVT. Paul Thomas Hampton

Posted in Commissions, New Posts, Portraits with tags , , on May 17, 2009 by mikeivey



I finished this painting May 11, ’09. It was commision by our next door neighbor for their anniversary.