The portrait of Portia Trulove Simms hangs in a small one-bedroom apartment on the grounds of the old Notre Dame Academy in north Omaha.
She is 29 in the painting, or close to it. She wears a yellow blouse and dark red lipstick. She sits at an angle, her left shoulder facing the viewer. Her expression is a Mona Lisa-like mystery. She posed three days for the painting, at the request of a once-famous artist. At the end, he handed the painting over.