I am so thrilled to finally share the work that I have been keeping under wraps, per se. As you know, family trees are one of my favorites to paint and these two were certainly no exception.
I received an email from Jill, a friend that I have known since third grade, who contacted me mid-November to see if I would create a family tree for her mother-in-law to present as a Christmas gift. Of course, I answered YES! :)
Because her father-in-law had passed away earlier this year, Jill wanted something special to honor and memorialize her husband's family. So, I went to work on the design with much insight from her on details that she wished to see in the painting. Her in-laws are from an area that harvests a large amount of grapes; thus, she wished for arbors to be included, as well as their two Shelties that had passed away and two cardinals - one on a branch representing her mom-in-law and another flying to represent her father-in-law's journey to Heaven.
When stories such as this accompany a custom order, it is hard not to be overcome with emotion when adding such detail.
I thought that the quote that Jill had selected was perfect ...
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. - George Eliot.
Jill also ordered another family tree to give to her parents. as well. I have know her parents for many years - such a nice couple. Her father is one of our town's pharmacists whom I always seek out for his advice.
So, I was happy to put together a painting that would encompass their life's journey, as Jill had a number of specific details that she hoped could be incorporated into the painting. From representations of high school mascots to the love of mums & sunflowers, from flying the PITT Pharmaceutical flag to memorializing their dear, late toy poodle, Toto, this painting was one of the most personalized family trees that I have designed.
It was a joy to create these paintings and I thank you, Jill, for the opportunity to do so. :)
Do what makes you happy - Be with who makes you smile - Laugh as much as you breathe - and, Love as long as you live.
- Author Unknown