Doug's portrait started out like most of my other portraits. We had a planning meeting to discuss the portrait and find out some information so I could create a portrait that would be special to Doug and the people he was giving it to. It was explained to me that he was going to pass due to cancer and he wanted to create a portrait to give to his family before his time came which he explained would be soon. I suggested to Doug that we create a portrait that would reflect him and some of his interests. As I sat and listened to Doug's answers to my questions about his life and what he enjoyed as a person I could start to see the portrait session unfold and see the final results to some of the ideas I had. I suggested to Doug that he gives each of his children a nice portrait with a hand written letter on the back that was specific to each child and then he can really give them something that they will have for ever after he is gone.
As we talked I could see that Doug enjoyed art just like me and I suggested that we create his portrait in a Black and White to show the strong love of art and his character. I love black and white and I feel that this portrait reflected all the qualities I wanted to show.
I was glad that I was able to be a part of Doug's journey and help him reflect the love he had for his children through a portrait. For me this portrait became one of my special portraits that I think of often and I am grateful to have one of the portraits recognized as an award winner.
Thank you Doug