Widow disputes artist’s claim against McNair estate

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:09pm

The widow of slain Titans quarterback Steve McNair has asked the court to dismiss claims from an artist who asked for $12,000 from McNair’s estate based on an alleged agreement to complete three paintings.

Patricia Thompson, a Greenbrier artist known locally for donating to grieving families portraits of fallen soldiers, filed a claim in December contending she agreed via emails with Steve McNair in March to paint a portrait of McNair’s manager, Bus Cook, another of McNair for his restaurant and a family portrait of the married couple and their two boys.

“How about $5000.00 for my painting and $3,500 for the family and $3,500 for my managers painting (sic)?” Steve McNair purportedly wrote to her in a March 25 email, a copy of which was attached to the filing.

But in her request to have the painter’s claim dismissed, an attorney for Mechelle McNair contends that no communication actually existed between McNair and Thompson, disputing the artist’s assertions that the two parties reached a deal through emails and text messaging.

Even if the communication is authentic, the new filing states the McNairs did not contract the painter for the services alleged in the claim –– the agreement, according to McNair’s attorney, was to make a contribution to the charity Fallen Soldiers not to employ the painter.

The most recent filing also contends that after inventorying of the couple’s estate, Mechelle McNair was unable to locate a painting that Thompson claims was delivered to them.

The issue will be heard in Davidson County Circuit Court Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.

3 Comments on this post:

By: cjbwhite1 on 1/15/10 at 5:32

I would think that if she didn't actually do any of the paintings that she would be entitled to any money for them.

By: govskeptic on 1/16/10 at 9:01

If she did is the BIG question here. Will also have to provide proof
of contract to do so and amount!!!!! Jury questions to decide.

By: richgoose on 1/16/10 at 10:52

McNair was a sophisticate, He loved portraits, He loved the arts and he loved the classics. He was a true artisan. These are always the characteristics of the intellectual set.