Just imagine... having a piece of art so deeply personal that it honors the beauty of someone special and evokes your love for them every day
In Loving Memory of Margery
I created this memorial portrait painting of my mother that I completed over Mothers Day weekend of May 2020.
Margery Earl Bush left this world over 30 years ago, at an age much too young. She was the heart and soul of our family, the parent who was always encouraging an nurturing our passions and creative pursuits, from music to the arts. She instilled in us a sense of adventure and self-reliance. This portrait illustrates her poise and hopeful spirit.
This painting of her was created from an original black & white family photograph. It's a photograph I've always treasured, because the expressions captured were so genuine.
The transformation of this portrait first began by hand-tinting the original black & white photograph with hues as natural as possible. From the tinted reference image, the painting evolved until the desired feeling in tone and composition was achieved.
A Maine River Guide's Legacy
Gardner Defoe was a legendary river guide in the northern woods of Maine.
For several decades, he guided young people down the Allagash and St John Riverways on camping & canoeing expeditions, instilling life-long skills of perseverance, self-reliance and integrity.
In his honor, this painting was created from a treasured photograph taken many years earlier, and was displayed at his Celebration of Life gathering four months following his passing.
The reference image used for this painting captured his genuine character, full of life and very much at home when he was on the river.
The finished painted portrait was created in a dynamic alla prima style to reflect the energy of his bigger than life personality.
A Father Remembered
All Stevie had was just one photograph to remember his father.
A tiny, low quality flip phone selfie of himself with his father. It was a rare moment in which they were both smiling and enjoying each other's company.
The photograph was significant as it was a moment in time that was worth remembering.
Despite the quality of the original reference photograph, I was able to work with the pose and expression I was given, and transform it into a piece worthy of displaying on the wall as a fitting tribute to his father.
A Celebration of Life
Do you have someone special in mind for a painting? Maybe it's a parent, a grandparent or a leader in your community.
Someone near and dear to your heart.
I would love to simplify and de-mystify the process of having a beautiful memorial portrait painting created to help you honor and celebrate their life in a very special, personal art piece.
When we work together, you'll be guided through each step of the process, help you choose the best reference image to use for your painting and discover what is special about the person you are honoring. In the end, you'll have the painting you've always envisioned.