A posthumous painted portrait of a loved one can give great comfort to you or a friend who is grieving their loss. Painted portraits bring the person to life in a way that a photograph can not.
Creating memorial portraits requires a great deal of sensitivity and skill. Often only a limited amount of reference material is available, yet it is extremely important to capture every nuance of the person's expression by which they are remembered by.
I painted this portrait of a young man who passed away in his twenties for his mom. She mentioned that she wanted to remember her son's lovely smile. I am a mom as well and I can only try to imagine how deep this loss must be. Capturing the true likeness from a photograph is only one part of the portrait process. The other is making sure that the portrait has enough dimension that it is as lifelike as possible.
I hope that I was able to do her son's memory justice and will be packing this painting up to send it to it's new home.
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