Executive Portrait Oil Paintings

Sammy Johnston

Dr Seeger

Seeger_MG_0227I do not always have the opportunity work from an ideal image.

Dr Seeger died unexpectedly at an early age. He was a prominent neurosurgeon. His wife found an adequate head and shoulder portrait, but was disappointed that it didn’t include his hands. I suggested I could better represent his exceptional talent if she could supply me with the jacket, shirt and tie from the head and shoulder portrait, a book or periodical pertaining to his specialty, and a picture of his hands.

After an extensive search we found what we were looking for. We found appropriately posed hands in a 25 yr old wedding album . In our studio I posed a male model using Dr Seeger’s jacket and tie, and posed his hands over a book.

My husband, Sam, digitally compiled all elements making a portrait image. To everyone’s amazement it looked wonderful. The subsequent oil painting is hanging at the University of Florida.

Mrs. Seeger then commissioned me to paint a full length image of Dr Seeger in a casual stance taken on a hike, his favorite pastime.

Dr. William Riffee

Riffy, Dr-copy of oil paintingDr. William Riffee was familiar with my work and when
he began planning for his retirement he interviewed me.
At this meeting he expressed wanting to depict some of the
innovations he helped bring about in his seventeen year

The two major accomplishments are the building of the
new pharmacy complex and the modernization of their systems to
include computers.

I created the building portrait, placed it into an imaginary frame and
hung it behind him..

I painted the building, photographed Dr. Riffee with his ipad and
Sam did his digital magic. I presented the image; had instant acceptance
of the idea! The subsequent oil painting hangs in the pharmacy school
boardroom at University of Florida.

Dr. Robert Cade

Cade Dr oil painting-final-08

Dr. Robert “Bob” Cade Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Florida.

I received the commission to paint Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade. The request from the University of Florida was that it should not be an ordinary coat and tie oil painting. It also should represent his work at the University. Fortunately there was a suitable picture of him in a Florida jacket sitting at a table with his products in front of him. To add to the portrait I envisioned a background of glass beakers, to signify research. I added the original bottle of Stokley VanCamp’s Gatorade and the jacket plainly connects him to the University of Florida.

All bases covered. Previously I would explain to the committee my version for the painting but now thanks to my husbands superior computer skills he
could produce an image of my ideas. Thus was the beginning of our collaboration. I now had the capability to produce a digital image for my clients to approve. The oil painting now hangs at the University of Florida.

Subsequently, I also painted a personal oil of Dr. Cade in his favorite red sweater standing next to one of his prized antique Studebaker’s.


Carolyn has a finely tuned eye for composition, pose and aesthetics. Combining this with modern techniques she has captured complex imagery with brush, paint and heart..