The grandchildren made my task of painting very easy by larking about near a pond near the house of the grandparents who commissioned the piece. After tearing around for a while the girls settled naturally into this pose as they watched the ducks.
I was so pleased that a customer from over twenty years past chose me to paint this portrait of his late Maine Coon cat, Yankee. As an animal lover and the owner of a lovely cat, Louie, I can feel so much for their loss. Using photos I was able to put together this view using the very lush and luxurious couch and cushions that seem so in keeping for this “King”.
My concern in this wedding portrait was not only to produce a revealing likeness of this couple but also to evoke the extraordinary event that their wedding was. It may be hard for the viewer to believe, but I did not exaggerate the floral content of that event.
I was approached by the owner of this outstanding quarter horse stud as this well known animal reached his last days. A time was arranged for me to visit at the farm to see and photograph this animal. Because of a neck-breaking accident that happened to this horse when he was young, Show Tip always held his head at a peculiar angle. It was very important to the owner of this legendary animal that I show that characteristic head tilt. Each person who commissions a painting has special ideas to incorporate and I am interested to do just that.
Many families have a place that holds many memories over the years. I was commissioned by the father of these boys to paint them at their special lake. Probably this painting doesnt mean much to the boys now but as they become older, I think this piece will take on a very treasured place in their hearts. What can be more of an heirloom than something that is totally personal?
Painted for a Dutch merchant banker of his country property in Canada, this painting now hangs in an estate in Holland and represents their generational portrait. We had great fun together as we developed this portrait. Their daughter said of the painting, Its so Mommy and Daddy. I felt that I had hit the mark.
This painting was commissioned by a woman Ive known for over twenty years. She started buying paintings from me while she was still in university. We arranged a scheme so that she could pay them off in pieces as she got the money. Since those early years, she has commissioned two paintings from me. This posthumous painting shows her grandmother, Mrs. Bingeman, in the garden. As the years go on, this will mean much as I dont believe her young boys ever got to meet their great grandmother.