River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson


“Tête-à-Tête” means having an intimate or private conversation. This work is based on a parisienne-themed still life my husband Brian and I arranged on our little patio table by the back door of our house along River Avenue. The French absinthe liqueur was prepared the traditional way poured over a cube of sugar with a bit of water and ice added. Both absinthe and espressos were popular drinks with Paris poets and artists. Brian and our neighbor Kirk dressed up in parisienne-themed attire for me, and sipped their espressos and absinthe while puffing cigarillos and conversing. My glass of wine sat on the table while I took photos of the table arrangement and of them. Another oil painting is in progress of them sitting at the table with our dogs nearby keeping them company on that gloriously sunny late afternoon.

“Tête-à-Tête” is a bit of a milestone for me as it was the first time after 20 years that I broke out my oil paints and used them to create an artwork. In creating the design for this piece I decided to substitute the ashtray that was on the table for a bud-vase containing a single flower.

This 9x12" oil painting on canvasboard comes framed, email me if you want a photo of it with the frame. Price is $265 with frame, taxes and shipping are extra