"A Life Led and A Life Beginning" is for Liz. I was excited and honored to paint this special double portrait as the first commission painting of 2014. The painting portrays Liz's 90-year-old father-in-law and his 10-month-old great granddaughter.
Curtis was born in Virginia as one of 12 children. He has been a minister of God for 62 years. He has been married to his wife, Alma, for 62 years. Together they had two children: Liz's husband and a daughter, Wendy. Wendy's son is the proud daddy of Emma.
Curtis is a quiet soul who loves the Lord and has lived his life for others. He loves his family and has always tried to see the best in all. He has been ill with Alzheimer's for several years. He sometimes recognizes his family and other times he doesn't, but still can quote scripture and preach his sermons from years ago.
Emma maybe the only 4th generation he will ever meet, so this portrait is very special to Liz's family. She wished that I capture Curtis's gentle, kind eyes and soul and the sweetness and innocence of little Emma. The title of the painting was her inspiration. I did my uttermost to fulfill her wish.