Lo­cal artist’s work ap­pears on CBS pro­gram



— As she ar­rived home from church Sun­day, Pa­tri­cia Jepsen’s son met her at the door with his cell­phone in hand.

Cody ex­cit­edly showed his mother a screen­shot of her paint­ing as it ap­peared on the TV screen dur­ing ”CBS Sun­day Morn­ing,” the pop­u­lar news mag­a­zine pro­gram.

Last fall Jepsen, a life­long Ris­ing Sun res­i­dent and painter most of her 59 years, be­gan the search for a con­nec­tion with CBS Sun­day


Morn­ing, which she de­scribes as her fa­vorite pro­gram.

“Be­tween each story (seg­ment) there’s a sun,” Jepsen said. “And I won­dered, where in the world do they get all these paint­ings?”

“I emailed and wrote let­ters un­til I got the right per­son,” she said.

She learned she would have to sub­mit an oil paint­ing for con­sid­er­a­tion, but she might not get it back, it may never be used and she would not get paid. And so the paint­ing be­gan. “I prob­a­bly spent two hours on it,” she said of the happy sun face.

Jepsen al­ways adds sparkle to her paint­ings in some way. “I like glit­ter,” she said. The TV piece sparkles from jew­els added to the rays of the sun sur­round­ing a con­tent, al­most sul­try face. Glit­ter graces her eye­lids.

“It has lots of jew­els,” Jepsen said.

Her grand­daugh­ter Ruby men­tioned it “looked like a woman”

“So I put a lit­tle cleav­age on it just to have fun with it,” Jepsen said.

Jepsen dis­played the piece at a Ris­ing Sun Arts Al­liance gallery show be­fore ship­ping it to CBS Stu­dios in New York. She said her contact at the stu­dio also gave ex­plicit in­struc­tions on how

the work was to be packed and mailed.

Jepsen learned how to paint from her late sis­ter Linda Swim.

“I painted on ev­ery­thing,” she said, not­ing that in­cluded floor tiles and card­board boxes. “I’d cut 8-by-10-inch pieces ... or paint on the back of the linoleum.”

These days she paints from sug­ges­tions made by fam­ily and friends. That in­cludes a “Last Sup­per” style paint­ing in which she paint-

ed fam­ily mem­bers in as the dis­ci­ples re­clin­ing on both sides of Je­sus at the long ta­ble.

“My mother said, “Why can’t you paint your broth­ers and un­cles in there,” Jepsen said.

So she did, putting the faces on her broth­ers on ei­ther side of Je­sus. It’s quite the fam­ily con­ver­sa­tion starter, she added.

“I painted my dad in there too even though he’s been dead for 30 years,” she said.

Jepsen never con­sid­ered be­ing a pro­fes­sional artist un­til she be­came a vol­un­teer with the Ris­ing Sun Arts Al­liance. Since the news got out about her art on tele­vi­sion, Jepsen has got­ten a lot of at­ten­tion.

“I’ve had over 500 hits on my Facebook page,” she said.

Jepsen cred­its RSAA and its chair­woman, Shel­ley Leis­hear, with giv­ing her the con­fi­dence to try.

“This shows if you take

a chance and step out in faith, good things can hap­pen,” Jepsen said. “I took a chance.”

She never got any con­fir­ma­tion from CBS on their re­ceipt of her paint­ing or when or if it would ever be used. She just recorded the pro­gram each Sun­day to watch after church. Each Sun­day she would watch, only to see no ev­i­dence of her paint­ing.

When it fi­nally made its ap­pear­ance she didn’t

need to watch the show to find out. Her son and her sis­ter-in-law saw it first. Jepsen fig­ures her paint­ing was selected as a close to a seg­ment fea­tur­ing Meryl Streep be­cause it re­sem­bles the char­ac­ter the ac­tress por­trays in her lat­est movie, “Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins.”

Now Jepsen is hop­ing to get the paint­ing re­turned, while fig­ur­ing out how to make prints from the pho­to­graphs taken be­fore it was shipped.


This screen­shot shows how Pa­tri­cia Jepsen’s art­work was used by CBS Sun­day Morn­ing to close out a seg­ment on Meryl Streep.

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