paintings tell a story about the client. They make beautiful
commemorative pieces and have been used to celebrate anniversaries,
retirements, memorials to a loved one or simply an individual's personal
journey through life.
has been said that my “style” could be in the manner of the 17th Century
banquet painters, in that my work is opulent, but the style is
unobtrusive, and this is how I approach my commission work.
paintings displayed the owners' wealth; fine furnishings, gold,
silver—the artist used everything necessary to convey the impression
that the client was a person of importance and wealth. These early
paintings were then hung in a conspicuous space so that upon arrival to
the owner's home, guests were immediately impressed with the status of
I strive for a
look of wealth, but it's a richness of heart and soul. The paintings I
do as commissions contain items that are of great value to my clients,
but in a very personal and quiet way. We pull together items which the
client wishes to share with others, but they are not presented as
boastful works of ownership as the old banquet paintings were. Instead,
they form the "story" of a family or person, since many of the items are
very personal. The owner is able to share the story with others who come
into his or her home, but it is a sharing of items from the heart.
I will begin the
process of a commissioned piece by meeting with a client and discussing
the history of some of the pieces he or she has chosen to be depicted in
the painting. I will then take the objects back to my studio and begin
arranging them to present a story or theme. I take photographs of my
still life set up and share these with the client. Photos are sent as
many times as needed in order to best tell the story in a way that works
for the client.
I often tell my
clients that their painting will be a way to display cherished mementos
or family heirlooms without having to dust them all the time. Please
email me to discuss pricing.
One of my
best-loved commissions is the one I did for former Lieutenant Governor
and later Governor of Indiana, Joe Kernan, Jr. He wanted a painting made
up of all-Indiana items. It hung in his offices in the Statehouse, and
was my largest so far at 5 feet by 5 feet. It is the first one in the