Official Portrait of Missouri’s First Lady Displayed at Governor’s Mansion – Newstalk KZRG


(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – During an event at Governor’s Mansion on Friday, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson unveiled the First Lady’s official portrait which will join 28 other portraits of Missouri First Ladies displayed on the first floor of Governor’s Mansion .

“This portrait is not just about me, but rather about our history, our family and our love for the State of Missouri. I hope that all Missourians who have the opportunity to visit the People’s House will feel welcome as they enter this remarkable home,” said First Lady Teresa Parson.

“It is a privilege to have my portrait alongside so many wonderful women and former first ladies who have served the people of Missouri with unwavering pride and dignified grace. It is an honor to serve as First Lady of our great state.

Governor Parson said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the First Lady for her service to the people of Missouri. Being the bride of a chosen one isn’t easy, but Teresa wakes up every day with a full heart, a patriotic spirit, and a passion to serve. I thank God every day for allowing me to live with her. It means so much that Missourians will be able to look at this portrait and remember what an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman and lawyer they have as First Lady. My family and I are beyond lucky to have Teresa in our lives, and we are so blessed to be able to share her extraordinary character and compassion with the people of Missouri.

The portrait was painted by Lisa Ober of St. Louis, Missouri. The artist has consulted with the First Lady to ensure that the composition of the painting and the elements included represent what the First Lady wishes to convey about her tenure and service. The resulting portrait is an original hand-painted oil painting on canvas that measures 46″ X 36″, unframed.

The portrait depicts the First Lady opening the door to the Governor’s Mansion, which she dubbed “The House of the People”, and welcoming visitors inside. There are also other hidden objects of importance in the room:

  • “150” on the door lock for the 150th anniversary of the Governor’s Mansion;
  • “200” in closing for 200 years of statehood in Missouri;
  • The royal blue dress representing the colors of the Bolivar school, the birthplace of the Governor and the First Lady;
  • “1985” on the doorknob when the Governor and First Lady were married;
  • The initials SCH & KLP of the children of the Governor and the First Lady reflected on the front door;
  • “6” in the fence for the six grandchildren shared by the governor and the first lady;
  • 40 pearls on his necklace representing his 40 years in banking; and
  • “57” in the tree branch because Governor Parson is Missouri’s 57e Governor.

First Lady Parson brings to her role the experience of being a mother, grandmother, businesswoman, volunteer and activist. After working 40 years in banking, the First Lady retired and continued to serve her community. She has a special place in her heart for children and supports initiatives focused on them.

The portrait was presented to the First Lady by Sue Heckart of Sedalia. The portrait was framed by the Gary R. Lucy Gallery in Washington, Missouri.

Photos from today’s portrait unveiling will be available on Governor Parson’s Flickr page.


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