Using a huge number of photos, I was able to piece together this meeting of the grandkids with their grandmother. Painting this on the quiet, I was able to totally surprise this woman who enjoys her gardening only second to her grandchildren.
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.
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?
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.