‘Lumber Jill’ Rose Queen gets rare portrait

Portrait on public display at Rose building on Naito Parkway

Naomi Segal Deitz painted Emma Waibel, the 100th Rose Queen. (Naomi Segal Deitz)
Naomi Segal Deitz painted Emma Waibel, the 100th Rose Queen. (Naomi Segal Deitz)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Casual youthfulness and tradition came together one hundred years after the selection of the first Rose Queen, to give Emma Waibel a one-of-a-kind portrait.

The Oregon Society of the Arts (OSA) presented an oil-on-linen portrait of Waibel, the Portland Rose Festival’s 100th Rose Queen, to the self-described “lumber Jill” Sunday.

After 80 years of partnering, the OSA wanted to try a different look, and commissioned artist Naomi Segal Deitz to paint a rare portrait of the West Linn High School senior.

“The OSA has enjoyed being a Rose Festival sanctioned event since the early 1930’s and this year we wanted to make a concentrated effort to increase our participation in this important Portland event,” said Oregon Society of Artists Director, Mary Holt.

“It seemed a natural fit with our many talented artists to consider doing a painting of our 100th Queen.”

Deitz used classical techniques to give Waibel a “joyful gaze.”

The portrait will be on public display at the Rose building on Naito Parkway.

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