A Visual Valentine

Nancy & Tinker

This is a portrait in oils that I just finished of Nancy and Tinker. Nancy is the love of my life, a lifelong friend, and my wife.

Everyone who knows Nancy loves her. They can’t help it, she is just that kind of person. She radiates compassion for all beings…especially the four-legged variety. She is holding Tinker, our wonder terrier, in her arms.

This painting is my visual valentine to her on our 27th wedding anniversary together. For those of you that do not know me, I’m not one to effusively proclaim my personal emotions publicly, however this is a special case…

Dearest Nancy, I love you, and although we Quakers do not swear oaths, I have in mind this faithfully devoted commitment to you until death does part us.

Uxoriously yours,


14 thoughts on “A Visual Valentine

  1. christina cramer 02/14/2013 / 11:12 am

    Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine’s Day to you both. How lovely of you, Roger to hold this moment in time so dear to you. And Nancy and Tinker, you both are looking great! Bet wishes from Tom and Tina

    • Kimmi 02/18/2013 / 7:23 am

      The portrait, your words have taken my breath away. How fortunate we are to have been in the right place in the right time to find another being, four-legged and two to share, inspire, love, covet, captivate and adore in this live time. Three cheers for expressing your feelings Roger but I think we all knew anyway………

  2. avidseeker 02/14/2013 / 11:22 am

    This is such a beautiful tribute, including your statement of love and commitment. I love the painting… HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to you and Nancy, and Tinker, Roger. You are so fortunate and blessed. Love, Ginger

  3. Cindy Adams Coulson 02/14/2013 / 11:45 am

    That is beautiful, Roger..both your portrait and your words.. You are right that Nancy is very lovable and so are you. I feel very blessed to have both you and Nancy in my life.. Happy Valentines Day and Happy Anniversary 🙂
    Love, Cindy

  4. Kathy 02/14/2013 / 6:22 pm

    Dear Roger,
    That is a wonderful portrait. Nancy’s eyes light up her whole being. She is very compassionate and you two are perfect soul-mates. Her love for animals, humans and the planet are so inspiring. Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine’s Day to you both. I feel deeply blessed to have you both in my life.


  5. Kristin 02/14/2013 / 8:48 pm

    So romantic, roger. Beautiful painting, words, and woman! Xoxo

  6. John Adams 02/14/2013 / 11:29 pm

    Beautiful work!!!

  7. Roger Vincent Jasaitis 02/15/2013 / 9:47 am

    Thank you all for your loving sentiment. I think that Valentine’s day should be a celebration of all the different types of love. Romantic, familial, brotherly, etc…why exclude anyone from this celebration. To quote John Woolman, “let love be the first motion”.
    Also thank you all for making this the most viewed post on “This Speaks My Mind” to date!

  8. Beth 02/15/2013 / 10:10 am

    This is an absolutely beautiful portrait, Roger. What a wonderful expression of love! You have truly captured Nancy’s jeux de vivre and her love for Tinker (as well as for the artist, of course). Happy anniversary to both of you!!

  9. Donna Hartung 02/15/2013 / 6:14 pm

    What a beautiful gift! Happy anniversary to you both. You are both so talented and so very special. Love you…

  10. Whine And Cheers For Wine 02/16/2013 / 9:51 pm

    #2 Beautiful painting and sentiment!
    #3 Roger? Really? Publicly sentimental?
    #4 Knowing the subject matter[s] first hand I see why.
    My dear Roger you continue to be an inspiration to me.

    I of course had to see if I could find a word describing a love of a wife towards a husband; this is what I found:
    – There’s no word in common use that can be used to describe a wife who is similarly fond of her husband. The only candidate is the invented word maritorious, from the Latin word for a husband, maritus. But it’s extremely rare: the 20-volume historical Oxford English Dictionary has only two examples, one from 1607 and one from 1978.

  11. halbooks 02/19/2013 / 1:38 pm

    Great portrait Roger
    So proud and happy of you two

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