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.