⬆️ Watch this video behind the scenes of how a child's pure joy is celebrated with a painting. ⬆️
mixing paints on the palette
finishing details of applied oils
Magic of Childhood
Magical moments -- especially in the life of a child -- happen every single day. These moments usually emerge from our daily life, and are wonderfully unexpected and spontaneous. Through the incredible power of technology, we now so often have a camera in our back pocket, and are at the ready to record these special times!
Finding Adventure Close to Home
This special moment happened on a beautiful spring day in 2020, during the pandemic. Ryan's parents had just bought him a brand new fishing rod and together, they set out on an exciting family adventure just a short distance from home.
Beaming with Pride - First Catch!
The sheer delight in Ryan's expression tells an exceptional story of joy, awe and pride! It was a split second moment when he reeled in his first catch. What a memorable moment in the life a young boy! How fortunate Ryan is that his parents were able to quickly capture this defining moment in a snapshot.
When Ryan's father shared this special photograph with me, I knew immediately that it was a family story worthy of being illustrated in a painting! Today, it is one of my favorite paintings that tells a delightful story. The finished painting is better than the photo, as it is a re-intepreted, re-imagined illustration of the original photo, telling a real life story as if it were a Norman Rockwell painting about the magic of childhood.
"When we work together, you'll be guided through each step of the process, know what to expect, and there will be no surprises about a person's likeness. In the end, you'll have the custom painting you have always envisioned."
Bobbie Bush, portrait artist