I am partially color blind, so painting people is extremely difficult for me. Getting flesh tones right is not something I can say I do well. But I decided to put my fear of failure aside and attempt this endeavor. For this reason, I chose not to let my subjects know I would be painting them until I was confident that I had captured their likeness to my satisfaction.
Then along comes Paul Donaldson, one of my new friends who happens to be a great and talented artist. Paul and his wife Bonnie had come to my home during the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours in 2022. While they were here, Paul asked me if he could take my photograph, as he wanted to paint my portrait. He briefly mentioned that he was doing portraits of many of the locals, and knowing and truly admiring his artwork and talent, I was honored to have him include me in his portrait collection.
Not long after that, I got the idea of asking Paul if he would like to have an exhibition with me of our portrait collections, which he readily agreed to. We both agreed that our uniquely different styles would make for a great exhibition together.