There is a certain something about this painting besides the big eyes and tiny hands. The title on the back is “Take and sift them”.

The white blobs on the frame are worming paste that some llama decided that she didn’t like.

Have a closer look at her face.

16" x 20" oil on canvas board
Artist: Loy Anne McCuaig


In August of 2007,
we received the following e-mail:

Hi Brian,

This may be a strange request but I’m interested in possibly purchasing one of your barn art paintings. (Blonde Girl Sitting by Loy Anne McCuaig)

Loy Anne is my grannie. She has lived in Vancouver most of her life. She is currently dying of cancer and living at my Dad's house in Surrey.

A little history . . .

My Grannie has truly lived an amazing life, both good and bad. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia many many years ago, she has done everything from living on the street thinking she is god to listening to voices on the radio lead her on a car trip to Calgary. After living quite the experience she finally found proper medications and was able to get her life in order. Since then, she has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. I believe she’s even been to places like Japan to speak about mental health.

Recently she also won the 2007 “Courage To Come Back Award” for her perseverance through her life and where she has gotten with her life considering where she came from. Here is a link to an article about her, you’ll have to scroll down to her if you are interested in reading it. Courage To Come Back Awards.

Anyway, It would mean the world to us to be able to get this painting and be able to give it to her before she passes on, and then to be able to keep it in the family after the fact would be wonderful as well.

Are you at all interested in parting with this painting? We are by no means rich, but if you wanted some money for it I’m sure we could come up with something. I could also maybe offer up my word to one day replace that painting with some other “great work of art” that I happen across at a garage sale or something.

I live in Abbotsford with my wife and children, we would also love to come check out your barn art and llamas if your still open for spectators!

James Konkler

James brought his two little boys over on the next weekend and we gave him the painting.

Hopefully his grannie will appreciate seeing it again, she painted it over forty years ago.