This Gave Me Chiills!!!

This Gave me chills:

A few weeks ago I finished a beautiful painting of Sarah. To begin Sarah and I discussed a number of options for her portrait and we chose to do a seductive image of her dressing in front of a mirror. My inspiration came from a painting I saw by Dino Paeni, an Italian painter. We discussed clothing, makeup and the mood of the portrait.

After I finished the painting I gave Sarah a digital image of the finished piece to use on social media and she posted it on her page. Her Great Aunt, her grandfather's sister, saw the painting and went through her images until she found this image of her mother, Sarah's Great Grandmother, posing in front of a mirror with a dresser in a white dress or slip.

Sarah had never seen this image and didn't even know of its existence. The image of her Great Grandmother was photographed in 1930 when she was about the age that Sarah is now. When Sarah showed this image to me I had chills up and down my spine! I feel like her Great Grandmother helped to inspire this portrait of her......stranger things have happened.

 

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Final Moments Together

'Final Moments Together'

I wrote about this experience a couple of months ago - the portrait is finished and has
been delivered to the client, who loves the painting. Christine has been very kind
to let me share this story.

Those of us who share our lives with a dog or a cat or another animal understand all
too well how short their lives are and how they impact us with their unconditional
love, Christine was fortunate to have a job where she could take Sam with her
everyday to work.  They spent 10 years together.

I received a call from Christine and as I listened to her tell me about Sam's
health I knew I had my task cut out for me.  I could hear in her voice the love
she felt for Sam.

Time was of the essence and I met with her to talk about the portrait she wanted me
to create for her as well as to meet my new subject - Sam.

Sam was a sweet dog as most Golden's are.  But it was the bond these two had that
I knew I had to show in the final portrait.

She wanted to think about it so I gave her my card.  She called me the next
morning to tell me that Sam had had a hard night having had a seizure and she
wasn't sure if he would make it through the day.

I was able to juggle my afternoon appointment and do a photo shoot that afternoon
in a local park.

Sam was alert and happy.....but he was just happy to be with Christine.  I set
them up together to do some formal portraits, had them walk together, did some solo
portraits of Sam.  But, the image that stood out was an image of the two of them
together relaxing and well, just being Christine and Sam.

As I was going through all of the images this one stood out from all of the others. 
As I showed the images to Christine she felt the same.

Sam passed away a few days after the shoot.

I have been creating artistic portraits for 34 years and I know how important they
are to the individuals and the families who have them.  But this portrait awakened
me as to the importance of being a portrait artist.  I am fortunate to have been
given talents and I pursue everyday to learn more so that every client I have will
have a great experience and beautiful work of art to hang in their home.

Every person who sees this portrait will appreciate its beauty but for Christine,
her family and friends it will mean so much more.......it is priceless.

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Family Portrait on Key Biscayne

June 10, 2016

I had a great opportunity to photograph this family on Key Biscayne on the beach.  As the son was young I didn't have a lot of time to capture the right image and as the beach didn't open until late I was fighting the sun for the perfect light.

I had them walk up and down the beach numerous times shooting towards the light house and back the other way.  There were so many people in the water and on the beach that I was glad I would be painting the final image so I could only have this family in the final work of art.

In about a half an hour I had the images I needed and I went to work in Photoshop prepping the image so I might be able to paint the image that I saw in my head. 

Once I had the image created photographically I began to paint digitally the portrait.  After a week I had a beautiful painted image that I transferred to canvas.  Then I painted the canvas with acrylic and oil paint to make a stunning 28x42" canvas.  I had a beautiful custom frame made to go with the colors in the sand and the flesh tones.

The family was ecstatic when I delivered the final painting to their home.  It is prominently displayed in their living room.