Portrait of Governor Ted Strickland

This portrait was unveiled at a ceremony for Ohio’s 68th Governor in the Atrium at the Ohio Statehouse on June 7th, 2011. The following are excerpts from remarks given by the Artist during the ceremony: “I first met the Governor in the Statehouse in the historic Governor’s Office, often referred to as the ‘ceremonial office’. During his tenure, it was certainly not simply ceremonial. It was a working office, filled with papers and bustling with people and activity. It was here that I witnessed his dedication towards the people of Ohio, his deep admiration of and loyalty to President Lincoln and Lincoln’s relationship to the setting… I witnessed his devotion and love for his wife, Francis, his parents, his faith, and his respect for his colleagues and staff. I saw before me a humble man from Lucasville who honors his past, who still wears his Northwest High School class ring, and who is proud to have served his constituents as a U.S. Congressman and as Governor. These are the inspirations that I left with that day. These things and the almost 400 hours of intense painting result in this portrait of Governor Strickland.”

The event, which also included remarks by Senator John Glenn, distinguished war hero and first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, the Honorable Yvette McGee Brown, the first African-American woman to serve as justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio, former First Lady of Ohio, Frances Strickland and Governor Strickland was attended by over six hundred people. The painting is now installed in the President William McKinley Hearing Room in the Ohio Statehouse. This is the Artist’s second gubernatorial portrait and fourth official portrait for the State of Ohio. Her portrait of Governor Bob Taft, unveiled in 2007, now adorns the William Howard Taft Hearing Room at the Ohio Statehouse.