Teichert's mother and sisters encouraged and supported her throughout her time at the Art Students League in New York City. They would send letters of encouragement and praise for her art, as well as, monetary help for her tuition. Her younger sister Sara was especially keen to send her any extra employment earnings while Minerva was at school. Sara commissioned Minerva to paint this portrait, the first to be completed after returning home from New York. As seen in the lower right-hand corner, she has signed it Minerva Kohlhepp, as she had not yet married Herman Teichert at the time of this portrait.