So, please let me introduce you to Mary Jane Story Proctor (1826-1917), my 2nd Great Grandmother. She was married to Daniel Proctor (his second wife), and was the mother to nine children, and 4 step-childern. The only good source photo I have of Mary Jane is typical of photos taken back around the turn of the century, featuring a stern, serious, unsmiling countenance. Although, I can imagine that mothering 13 kids might also contribute to such a look...!
I decided to portray her a little younger, a little bit softer than that photo. I like how this one turned out. Now I just wish I could travel back in time to meet her, and perhaps a few of her kids.
|Mary Jane Story Proctor - by Alisa Proctor, 12x12, Acrylic|