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.

“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