I have been thoroughly enjoying my new studio location in downtown Nashville, right by the Nashville Exchange Cafe this year.

I have met some wonderful and very interesting people.

One such person is my good friend, Jim.  We initially met to discuss making some copies of old snapshots of him and his wife (who has passed on.)  These were to be gifts to his adult children and his sister-in-law.  We did just that.  While looking through his images, he told me stories about each one.  This one in particular was significant to him.  I could tell.  He talked about how they loved their time at this little house and it held fond memories.  His wife, Beth, did not like to be photographed, but he did it anyway ; )  She was sitting on the porch of this little house, doing one of her favorite pass times, reading.  Around the porch are the flowers she loved to grow.
This photograph held special memories for him.

I knew I wanted to enhance it into heirloom-quality artwork, as it deserved to be.

So I did.  I turned his snapshot into an “Elegant Expressions” piece.  This involved many hours of digitally painting each element in the image, brush stroke by brush stroke, by hand.

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“Elegant Expressions”

This new image was printed on 11×17 canvas and framed.  He gave this as gifts to each child and his sister-in-law (and one for himself) this Christmas.

My friend, Jim, is a special guy.  We found that we have a lot in common, despite the 33 year age difference.  I have thoroughly enjoyed our discussions over the last couple months (I also had the honor of photographing him, but can’t show those, as they may very well be in my competition portfolio for 2015.)

Take care, Jim.

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