This is a painting I recently finished of my grandfather. I didn’t really know him very well as he died when I was 5. But I do remember him vaguely as an old man sitting in a chair watching Lawerence Welk. There were a lot of grandchildren in the family. Grandpa and Grandma had 8 kids and my dad was one of the younger ones. I wanted to paint a family member; to paint someone from the past – to remember and honor him.
I started painting portraits about a year ago and found that it is the most fun I have had since I started water coloring. Fun does not mean easy, but I guess I I love the challenge. Too see a painting come to life is such an amazing feeling. It is like the person you are painting is looking back at you. I am taking every class I can about portrait painting. The more I do the better I will get.