Family Ties

Completed portrait

Newly wed, and wanting to give her husband something unique, this gift idea was something she hoped would be unforgettable. She wanted something that would be sentimental and classic, something that would stand out to her husband, especially since she has found through the course of their relationship that he is difficult to buy for and not easily impressed by gifts.

This portrait includes 3   1/2 generations of the family men. Newlywed groom (far right), his grandfather, uncle and father.

Having been very close to his grandfather, the groom would have wished his grandfather's presence at his wedding. Even though he couldn't be there in the physical, he was very much there in spirit. The placement of Grandfather in the portrait is purposeful as he stands just behind the groom, symbolically always with him.

Love those ties! They give character and added some extra personality and punch to the portrait, along with those grand smiles of this family's men.

 

 
Older photo used as reference

Older photo used as reference

 

I had a few photos to use as reference with the one of grandfather an older printed photo with limited details.

 

Photo used for reference

Photo used for reference

 

Lest We Forget

Lieutenant Giles was on my board November 2015.

Seemingly fitting for the month when Remembrance Day falls.

Circa 1950's, this portrait was created from quite a few reference photos to recreate the original feel of the time when Lieutenant Giles was training troops for the Korean war here at an Ontario Army base.

He had just been commissioned by the Queen. A signed formal document appointing him to his position of Lieutenant.

22 years old.

Not an every day occurrence.

Lieutenant Giles was proud of his achievements while serving as a Canadian Army Lieutenant. His portrait hangs proudly.

 

 

He wrote "your ability to piece together my submitted dated photographs, and military dress references, was truly creative. The most outstanding rendition in the portrait was your inclusion of characteristic personality, as recognized by my family."

From left to right - original photo of Lieutenant Giles, photo of original 1950's Canadian Army hat, Canadian Army uniform with Sam Browne belt, badge found on front of Army hat (each one from different years would have different initials in the center - E II R - Queen Elizabeth II)

 
original photo of Lieutenant Giles

original photo of Lieutenant Giles

Canadian Army hat - 1950's

Canadian Army hat - 1950's

Canadian Army uniform with the Sam Browne belt

Canadian Army uniform with the Sam Browne belt

Royal Canadian Army service badge

Royal Canadian Army service badge

original sketch from another artist to compare final portrait

original sketch from another artist to compare final portrait

Remembering Karen

 

Fun loving, friend, mother, adventure seeker, Karen was on my board in December of 2015. She loved walking her dogs.

Her husband asked me to create this portrait as a gift for himself, his son and two daughters at Christmas time.

He was kind enough to write me a follow up letter after the portrait was opened Christmas morning.

"Dear Sarah, my family and I would like to thank you for the amazing portrait of Karen. You captured her beauty and soul. It was a pleasure to work with an artist that cares about details and perfection. I recommend everyone to have Sarah draw a portrait of your special someone, so they may live on in her work and in your hearts. Gord. "

reference photo used to create portrait

reference photo used to create portrait

 

Her spirit is very much alive.

Thank you for sharing this special lady with me Gord. May the portrait of your lovely wife trigger story telling episodes with your family, keep your memories fresh, and her spirit alive with you all.

Sarah