I’ve always been intrigued by the family unit, how it unintentionally shapes individuals without them realizing it. Visiting the families in their homes allows me to see the children in their natural state free of care, running around in the living room they call their home, unaware that this patio or older sister’s bemused smirk will be part of their childhood memories.
The photos I take are a vantage point to tell a story of the family dynamics or to capture the mood of the time and place. The great thing about painting is that it is less of a literal translation and more of an artistic interpretation.
“I LOVE the painting. I look at it and see NOT a ‘portraity-portrait’, which I didn’t want; instead I see a beautiful and painterly interpretation of the elements of my life and surroundings that mean the most to me. It’s really emotional, and I feel lucky to have found you and your work.”-Alice Dinnean about portrait of her son
“Thank you so much for the wonderful painting. It is already temporarily on the wall but we will move it to its special place soon. We are so grateful for such a lovely present and are thrilled to have your artwork. You have done such a great job at representing the children and Olive loves it too!”-Claire and Dave Wheeler about portrait of children
“Jen called it the best present I’ve ever given her. That’s really impressive when you know that we’ve been together for seventeen years.”-Dave Goetsch about portrait of him and his wife as children
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