Portraits and Paintings

Detail by Arrowood after Cesare da Sesto
featured in Leonardo’s Knots
by Caroline Cocciardi
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A Girl With A Dog by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
A Girl With a Dog
Oil On Canvas

Eli Warren by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Eli Scape
Oil on Panel 2017

Poppe and Little Jake
Work in progress July 2008

The Empathetic Child by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
The Empathetic Child
Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas 2008

Portrait of Ginger - An old Fashion Love story
Ginger – Love of a Lifetime
Oil on Canvas

Jan Oil on Canvas 2008 by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Jan         Oil on Canvas 2008

Ernestina – Brave and Beautiful
Oil on Canvas 2017

Oil on Canvas 2017

Puppy Love
Oil on Canvas 2011

Sir Reginal, Master Feline of House Lucking By Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Sir Reginal
Oil on Canvas 2017

Henry by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
I Have A Temperature
Oil On Canvas 2015

Mutual Admiration
Oil on Panel 2014

Little GradyOil on Canvas
Little Grady
Oil on Canvas 2010

Henry Stealing Pad Time by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Stealing Pad Time
Oil on Panel 2016

Jamyla B By Yvonne Herd Arrowood
In Memory of Jamyla
Oil on Canvas

McKenna Dancing in Her Thoughts by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
McKenna Dancing in Her Thoughts<Oil on Canvas 2014

Out of Russia by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Out of Russia
Oil on Canvas 2011
An early pastel on matte board 1961

Pilate’s Wife Pastel on Paper 1961
by Yvonne at Age 13

At age thirteen, this was my first pastel outside of Mr. Bruns’ art class. It was inspired by “She Stands Alone”, a fictional love story about Pilate’s Wife.

I purchased the book for a dime in a wonderful book-filled room above an antique shop near Coffee Street in our town of Greenville, SC. In the fall of 1961, it won a blue ribbon at the Greenville County Fair.

Pilate's Wife in Oil by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Pilate’s Wife Oil
Oil on Canvas 1976/78 

 This is the first painting that I did after I decided that it was impossible for me to quit painting. It was also the only one that I worked on for several years . 

Sadly, it was also the last painting that Mr. Bruns critiqued for me before his death in 1977. It is based on the first pastel, painted independently outside his class in 1961.

She stands alone by Yvonne  Herd Arrowood
She Stands Alone
Oil on Canvas 5.5 x 7.5″

2003:  Soon after my first open house, I had an epiphany for my third Pilate’s Wife, now known  as She Stands Alone. It occurred one sunny winter afternoon as I studied my Pilate’s Wife II,  and was nostalgically remembering *secret childhood trips exploring downtown Greenville, South Carolina with my sister Lynn.  *(Our parents didn’t know about these unsanctioned adventures until we were grown , but that’s another story.)

Often, our childhood excursions included quiet time in a wonderful book filled room above Brown’s Antiques. As I was reliving the memory of finding the red cloth bound book entitled, “She Stands Alone”, I turned away from Pilate’s Wife II, and suddenly the words exploded in my mind, SHE STANDS ALONE! Immediately, she appeared and I pictured her with my eyes wide open, evolving within minutes, almost more quickly than I could hold the thoughts and images. She was standing there, alone on Pilate’s porch, it was dark, there are crosses somewhere in the background, there is a bowl on the table where her husband washed his hands, a bloodstained towel in her hands, symbolic of Pilate’s quilt…guilt that he could not wash away. She is tearful, and in anguish for Pilate’s part in the death of this just man. 

I called my husband at work to share this inspiration for a life-sized, standing Pilate’s Wife. He was excited for me, and we both began to look for a model. “She Stands Alone” was that painting that I had to do. I had seen her tears, and empathized with her pain. Envisioned in 2003, and called finished in 2016, it was a painting that had been planted in a child’s mind, by a red cloth bound book bought for a dime circa 1959.

 Sit Down at The Rocky Creek Cafe
Oil on Panel 2007

Les Papin de Vallet Oil on Canvas 2009
Les Papin de Vallet
Oil on Canvas 2009

Giovanni's Palette Oil on Panel 2007
 Giovanni’s Palette
Oil on Panel 2007

Our Three Sons-1986-from K-4 Images

Joshua in K4 1984
Oil on Canvas 1986

Jonathan in K4 1982 Oil on Canvas 1986
Jonathan K4 1982
Oil on Canvas 1986

Joseph by Yvonne Herd Arrowood 1986
Joseph in K4 1984
Oil on Canvas 1986

Beautiful Friend
Oil on panel 1996
The Engagement
Oil on Canvas 1980’s

Modern Madonna
Oil on panel 1997
“Bud Trunick – Civil Engineer ” 1927 – 2009
Desert Drama Remembered
Copper by Belt at Twin Buttes

The late ‘Bud” Trunick’s specialty was  “bulk material handling”…what an understatement!!! In material handled, the volume at Twin Buttes was nearly twice that of the Oroville Dam project in California and ranked alongside the famous Aswan High Dam in Egypt. Bud Trunick is remembered for his participation in both the Oroville Dam with McDowell Wellman and the Twin Buttes project with Hewitt-Robins. Out in the Arizona Desert, a handshake between Trunick and Anaconda Company president, Jack Knaebel, sealed Hewitt Robbins 10,000,000.00 participation in the Twin Buttes project. In 1966 and 67, Trunick was Hewitt-Robins’ estimator, salesman, engineer and site project manager.

The Hewitt-Robins complex at the south end of the Anaconda copper mining pit was engineered to move both overburden and ore, either separately or simultaneously. It was composed of two side-by-side, sixty-inch conveyors that sloped to the bottom of the pit… At a little more than halfway down into the pit, two other sixty-inch conveyors split off obliquely from either side of the main conveyors. In all more than 50,000 feet of Hewitt-Robins steel cable reinforced rubber belt were employed on the mining project at Twin Buttes…Thus “Copper by Belt” as indicated on the magazine cover in Mr. Trunick’s hands.

At the top of the magazine, I have dated and aged the magazine to further reference this special time period in Mr. Trunick’s past. When the portrait is signed and dated 2007, it will establish that this is Mr. Trunick – forty years after Twin Buttes…As Mr. Trunick approaches his eightieth year, he continues to solve engineering problems across the country. Armed only with a calculator, graph paper, and a pencil, he and his creative mind are still in demand by others with computers and a lot more letters after their name.

Bill Zimmermann’sTribute to “Bud” Trunick”     I learned late yesterday of my friend’s passing. My last contact with him was 6 or 8 weeks ago via telephone wherein he sounded tired and frail… I felt rather helpless but vowed to find my way from Omaha to Greenville to renew our mutual interests one more time. Well, it turns out I didn’t make it and still wouldn’t have known the outcome except for a chance remark made by a mutual acquaintance…

I located the obituary run in the Greenville newspaper and then decided to search for your website via the Greenville artists site. In doing so, I came across the splendid painting you did of Mr.Trunick…This led me to a recent painting you did which really captured my last memory of him. He and I had flown in my Plane to a jobsite in North Carolina, where we clambered on a very large and very high Stacker. Actually, Bud should not have attempted the close inspection of the machine, but two 80 year-old engineers lack the common sense of one 40 year-old – so we both overdid that day. Bud was wearing the same hat as you show in the painting. He was a very special man in the Industry that we both chose for our life work. He had abilities that I have not seen in others. He will be missed…

This man was truly unique and the world should recognize this… Bud was very contributory to the building of the Oroville Dam….I remembered the fearlessness of Bud and his fellow Engineers in how they approached the magnitude of… {the Oroville Dam project}…

I can also locate the Stacker photo from North Carolina that Bud and I visited 2 or 3 years ago. Bud designed the machine which is quite large for a Mast Type Stacker. (This style of machine might have an artistic flair to it that you could use as background for a future painting.) It reminds me of a Suspension Bridge which so many Photographers find to be an interesting subject. This style of machine was part of Bud’s first assignment at Barber-Greene in Aurora and it was one of the final machines he designed for us. When the owners in North Carolina expressed deep concern for how it would stand up to a future Hurricane, I brought Bud up to their coastal jobsite to provide Engineering reassurance. He later took a fall that day as we dismounted from the machine inspection. I vowed not to put him in that kind of jeopardy again. If I can contribute anything to his memory, please count on me to assist. ” Bill Zimmermann

Jonathan at Eight
Oil On Canvas 1998

Jonathan at 26
Pencil on Watercolor paper

Jonathan Daniel Augustine Arrowood
1978 – 2011        Oil on Canvas 2014

Dr. Joseph LeConteFirst Dean of USC School of Pharmacy During the Civil War Era Collection of University of South Carolina Oil on Canvas-2004
Dr. Joseph LeConte
First Dean of Pharmacy
Civil War Era
Oil on Canvas-2004

Dr. Julian Fincher by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Dr. Julian Fincher
Dean Emeritus/Professor Emeritus USC College of Pharmacy
Oil on Canvas

Dean Farid Sadik, Dean of Pharmacy at USC, Retired Portrait by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
Dean Farid Sadik,
Professor Emeritus/Dean Emeritus USC College of Pharmacy,Dean of Pharmacy at the American University in Beirut,Oil on Canvas 2006

Dr. Robert L Beamer, Retired
USC College of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Biochemist and Professor Emeritus
Oil on Canvas

Dr. Robert L. Beamer
Oil On Canvas

” Yvonne”
Oil on Canvas 2003

Self Portrait
Oil on Canvas 2002

Self Portrait
Oil On Canvas 2003

Quilting Toward the Light
(Formerly called “Grannie Holliday and the Last Quilt”)
Yvonne Herd Arrowood 2008

Going Home by Grannie Holliday MP3

In the late seventies, I recorded my Grannie Holliday playing the harmonica and then singing. Brightwater Studios recently mixed her voice and the harp music. The little CD reminds me of the sounds of Appalachia…Grannie came by covered wagon thru the North Carolina mountains and settled in the old school/farmhouse in Liberty, South Carolina where I was born…Quilting Toward the Light is set in that old farmhouse where her life ended and mine began. I have many sweet memories of that overlap in time between Grannie’s life and mine. On Sunday afternoons and bare foot summer days, my sister and I lived “Little House on the Prairie”.

 (Click on MP3 link above to hear Grannie Sing)

A Letter From Grannie

“I am eighty-three years old. This is Georgia Holliday, wife of Simon Peter Holliday which passed away last December 29, 1977. We lived together sixty years in the old home place near Liberty, SC.

All those years, we raised six children: Wavard W. Holliday of Greenville, SC; Denver Holliday of Liberty, SC; Clarence Holliday of Wilmington, NC; Geneva Holliday Herd of Greenville,SC; Charles Douglas Holliday of Liberty, SC and Glenn W. Holliday of Atlanta, Ga. We have eighteen grand and sixteen great-grand children.

My husband, Simon, use to play a harp back when Charles was a little boy. When Charles was 49 years old, he saw a harp on sale at a garage sale. He remembered hearing his Dad play and he bought the harp. It had been forty years since his dad had played the harp, but it didn’t take him but just a few minutes to begin playing a song. Dad inspired us all for 18 months before he passed on.

I still have the harp in memory of him. I had never put one in my mouth before, so one day, I picked it up and said to myself, “I believe I will see if I can find the notes on it.” So I did begin to find them. I have started playing songs…one is “I Am Going Home” and another is “Never Grow Old” that I can play very well – which is a gift of God and a comfort to me as I am alone, just the Lord and me.

   How beautiful Heaven will be!”

Da Vinci Inspiratiom

Jackson – Hope’s Son
Oil on Canvas 2007

Reflections in Flower Light
Oil on Canvas 10 in Oval

Hope - Jackson's Mom - Pastel on Paper 1989
Hope -Jackson’s Mom
Pastel on Paper 1989

Detail -A Ballet Dancer
Private Collection 1980’s

Other Works

My own unfinished work from 1962/63?
Do you know who the original artist was?

Many years ago, when I was a young teenager (1962 or 63), an elderly great uncle asked me to make a painting from an old print.  The great uncle and the print are both gone now and I have spent hours searching the Internet for the original artist. If you know please contact me at yha@charter.net

The artist has been located – More about that later.

Inspired by a photograph from Joshua's backpacking trip through Europe
Inspired by a photograph from Joshua’s backpacking trip through Europe

Solitude, Oil on Canvas

In Search Of Monet
OIl on Canvas 2007

A Flight Illusion Oil on Canvas 2009 by Yvonne Herd Arrowood
A Flight Illusion
Oil on Canvas 2009
Girl Playing a Flute
Dinner Music in the Mountains
Oil on Canvas 2015

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