Irma Eisenmann March 30, 1921 – April 7, 2009


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I went to the funeral last Sunday of this very dear lady, Irma Eisenmann. She had just turned 88. She was an artist, friend, confidante, and a very wise woman. We were in art classes together off and on for 18 years or so. When my mother was dying of cancer, she and I would sit and talk about our mothers. She was very close to her mother and was unconsolable when she died, as was I when my own mother died.

When Irma became too weak with all her ailments and unable to come to class, I visited her and we sat and talked, looked at all her photo albums and looked at all her artwork hanging in her house. I may have brought her lunch that day but I really don't remember. I bought a second piece of art from her that day. The Panda. I had the privilege of buying one previously a couple of years before that. One time I drove to pick her up and we went out to lunch and had potatoe soup. We both complained that it was a bit salty but we still liked it.

She was a very wise and knowing lady. There were a few times she would ask me something and I'd be surprised that she knew anything about it at all because I'd never told anyone. She just knew. I asked her how she knew and she said she could tell when she looked into my eyes. Uncanny really, now that I think about it.

She was very devoted and dedicated to her art, her family and God. The hours she would spend on one art piece was astounding. To view some of her artwork visit: She did many more than is shown here.

Below are the two pastel paintings of hers that I am very privileged to own. They are hanging in my livingroom. The center is, of course, a closer detail of the top one. Sorry for the glare in the Panda. Will have to take a better photo of that one.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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33 Responses to Irma Eisenmann March 30, 1921 – April 7, 2009

  1. L2D2 says:

    Pam, these are beautiful paintings and I know you will treasure them. So sorry you lost your friend. It is always so hard for us to lose loved ones. I am glad you have good memories of her to carry in your heart.

  2. I_ArtMan says:

    touching post pam. i liked this one.

  3. PainterWoman says:

    Linda, she was the sweetest lady. I'll miss her very much.Scott, I liked that one too. I watched her do many of the pieces in the photobucket album put up by her family. This is one of her sons I believe.

  4. I_ArtMan says:

    she had a very good hand. :up:

  5. L2D2 says:

    I liked the ones of the hobo. I love character pieces.

  6. gdare says:

    Panda looks nice. It is good to have such friends, yet so sad when we lose them….

  7. ellinidata says:

    she was giving color to all of us from her heart :heart: :rip:

  8. Dacotah says:

    Pam, I like her paintings. I'm sorry for your loss. :heart:

  9. Dacotah says:

    Allan, I have the Dash Movie as a sticky post, I love it. It makes me cry everytime. So true, so true, so true.

  10. ricewood says:

    That Dash Movie…..So important. So good. So inevitable.

  11. ricewood says:

    Such beautiful and loving words for a lady who's just left this world.I can't say much, except that she must have led a good life since such good words from a friend could come out of it.

  12. Dudley says:

    My condolences.

  13. SummerAngel says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Pam. This is my favorite of of her posted artwork:

  14. PainterWoman says:

    Linda, I liked the hobo one too. Watched her do that one.

  15. PainterWoman says:

    Scott, yes she had a very good hand. She used pastel sticks for years then her doctor told her she had to wear a mask. She tried the mask for a while then found it too hot and uncomfortable so switched to pastel pencils which don't create the dust the sticks do.

  16. PainterWoman says:

    Darko, so true.

  17. PainterWoman says:

    Carol, thanks for the link. I know I've seen it but will have to watch it again.

  18. PainterWoman says:

    Angeliki, she loved using color and loved so much doing her art.

  19. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks all for your condolences. She was one of the most genuinely sweet and kind people I've ever known. She was funny someitmes too. I remember in class, when we'd have a particular male model, she'd bump me with her elbow and say 'Oh look who's modeling today' and have such a cute look on her face as she raised her eyebrows and give me a wink.

  20. PainterWoman says:

    Allan, yes she lived a very good life and produced so many lovely artworks.

  21. PainterWoman says:

    Glenyce, she will surely always be in my heart.

  22. PainterWoman says:

    Andy, thank you.

  23. PainterWoman says:

    Annette, yes, another one I liked of hers. But I don't think there was one I didn't like.

  24. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome for the link. I'm glad you have alot of good memories of her Pam.

  25. edwardpiercy says:

    A fine remembrance for Irma.

  26. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Ed.

  27. Captivevet says:

    Anything I say to console you will sound trite, but I honestly understand the pain of losing a close good friend. The void in your heart will never go away.

  28. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Tyler.

  29. Captivevet says:

    When my friend and mentor: Ralph Woodin died back in 1998, it took me two years to pull it back together. I miss him yet.

  30. PainterWoman says:

    Tyler, I know what you mean. The weaker Irma got, the less she could do. She told me she didn't even have the energy to do her arwork anymore. I knew and she knew her time was close. Mays, yes she was very talented. I'm very thankful I knew her and for the talks we had. You would have liked her for sure.

  31. Moabdul says:

    She was a very talented artist. and had very good eyes catching details and an inspiring talent of manipulating colors.. a true artist.I wish i had a chance to meet her.

  32. Captivevet says:

    We must go on.

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