After I had made the portraits of my daughter and son-in-law, I felt that I must make portraits of my son and his wife as they were soon to be married.
I am very pleased with this portrait because I really feel that it represents the personality of my son. Most of my portraits are more about the personality of the person than of the actual face of the individual pictured. They combine an image of the face of my subject with the image of their personality shining through.
Here you see a gentle face with a gentle smile. This is the face of a person who has suffered a lot but has the strength to fight his demons and comes out of these battles with peace. His eyes are gentle and social. He shows his pleasure in meeting people.
He has small birthmarks on his face which he has inherited from both his parents. His father’s grandmother had these birthmarks, as well as my mother and myself.
A positive aura of gold and red surrounds his head. This portrait is smaller than the other portraits that I made. There is no reason for that except that I felt inspired to make it a little smaller. My son was not completely happy with my vision of him.
My mother, who is a tapestry weaver, really liked this painting. She made a beautiful tapestry based on it that is just the same size as the original. It is included here.