I get very emotional when I paint portraits. I cry when painting posthumous portraits, and feel the joy of a newborn child. The emotion I most experienced in doing this painting was the love that this couple has for each other. This was painted on the occasion of a milestone anniversary. I don't always post the portraits that I paint because they are so personal, but I was given permission to post this. The actual size of this painting is 24" x 36."
Portrait artists paint for a variety of reasons, but I think the most important one is that we can preserve an image for "eternity." Sometimes this image is a moment in time, a memory of a loved one, or the "freezing" of a special life experience, like a wedding or the birth of a child. In this case, this couple enjoys experiencing Victorian life, and dresses the part beautifully. They participate in a variety of events, including fashion show fundraisers for various charities. I'm honored to have been asked to preserve this moment in time for them.