My good friend (and talented artist), Howard Lyon, recently finished a beautiful, new painting.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that he had painted a portrait of my wife!
Some time ago, Kim and I had worked with Howard on another project. He used a photograph from the shoot to create this angelic image of an angel woman.
Of the painting, Howard said this: “The goal for me was just to paint something beautiful…Kim’s expression was very subtle, but conveyed a lot of emotion. I tried to catch some of that. She could be longing to be held in the memory of a loved one, or remembering a loved one.”
The painting—and the woman who inspired it—immediately reminded me of this quote from the novel Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens:
“You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read…You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be.”
Truly, my wife is “part of my existence, part of myself.”
And now she is literally a work of art (although she was one long before this painting was created)!