Commissions offer a unique opportunity to collaborate the ideas of one individual with the visual artistic skills of another. I really enjoy listening to the thoughts, ideas and stories from clients and then incorporating them into a piece of artwork that they had a "hand in" creating. My goal is to bring their story to life on paper.
I had the opportunity to do a very special commission for a former classmate, Dave Werner. Dave and I have known each other since 2nd grade and got to catch up on our lives during our 35th high school class reunion this past summer. Dave's parents were moving from their family farm and Dave thought a drawing of the homestead barn would be a great way for them to remember their life on the farm. This drawing was a gift to his parents for Christmas. I can't think of anything more special than a gift of art honoring his parents life-long efforts.
This barn has been well taken care of and represents the sense of pride family farmers have of their farms. The quilt block on the face of the barn is a common decoration in the mid-west rural landscape. The beautiful row of flowers and the white fence offer a rich texture to this simple composition.