Some of my most satisfying projects have been works painted from a client's vintage family photos. These old photographs make ideal reference material for portraits because of their formality and use of natural light. So often these precious images languish in storage trunks or are displayed on tables in small frames where they cannot be fully appreciated. When transformed into a full color, life size oil portrait, the image of a grandparent or other ancestor can add a warm sense of history to a home.
"Lydia" 24"x 36" (Portrait of the Artist's Grandmother) Painted from a photograph , c. 1910
Harriett Hovey Tirrell 16"x 20" Painted from a photograph c.1889