I had this girl when I was almost 40. She was my dream child come true--healthy, happy, affectionate, and bright. She just became a teenager this summer, and well.... She has changed quite a bit since I took the picture above. Although I wouldn't change anything about her for the world, I still miss her when she could sit on my lap, be a flower girl, and pose for the camera gladly. I miss those days.
So I painted "Golden Girl" to remember my daughter at the age of ten, just as I painted her when she was a preschooler. She was about three when she posed for a photo in a rose garden in Portland, Oregon. Of all the beauties I saw that day, she was the prettiest in my eye.
|"Pretty in Pink" (watercolor, 17" x 12") nfs|
I will probably do more portraits of my daughter, perhaps as a young lady, definitely as a bride, and hopefully as a new mother with her baby. I am thankful for my family and my ability to immortalize their likeness in paintings.