Thelma

You Are a Masterpiece

I painted Thelma from an old black and white photo, circa 1940's. Thelma is now a great-grandmother who has Alzheimer's and dementia. When her granddaughter saw the portrait, tears came to her eyes as she gasped, "That was my grandma before she wasn't my grandma anymore."

 

You are a masterpiece. I believe in you. I believe you are so much more than you ever imagined, because you are one-of-a-kind, a work of art.

Keep reading to see how I see you as a masterpiece...

 

PROCESS

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You are so much more than what meets the eye.

You are body, soul & spirit. You are a masterpiece, created one-of-a-kind. There is no one like you, there has never been anyone like you,

and there will never be another you.

 
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My acrylic paintings are a hybrid of traditional portraiture, capturing the likeness of that unique person, while introducing a contemporary palette-knife technique, where I introduce bold colors that live in harmony with the painting. 

The process takes time, and layers of paint, that represent the time and layers of your humanity. After I have achieved a refined likeness in the portrait, I take a risk.

What is life without risk, right? 

 

At this point, the portrait is on its way to become a fine traditional painting. I could continue with this style; it would be the safe thing to do…. but instead I take courage to be vulnerable. I set down the paintbrushes and pick up the palette knives.

 
 

This is where the painting is transfused with life. In the broad, bold strokes of a palette knife, the portrait captures soul & spirit. One of a kind, just like you.

Take Courage

to be

Vulnerable

This is an act of worship and faith, creating in collaboration with the One Who created me.

My prayer is that, by being courageous during the process of painting your portrait, that you are encouraged and strengthened, and that you see the Creator in yourself.

 

You are "imago dei", made in the image of God.

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“I have to try,

but I do not have to succeed.

Following Christ has nothing to do with success

as the world sees success.

It has to do with love.”

 

             -Madeleine L’Engle