I did this portrait a while back. It was a very special request as the father had recently passed away due to cancer. This would be the family’s first Christmas without him.
Their grandma had seen my artwork and asked if I could make a portrait in memory of the late father to try and bring some joy into this bitter time for this family.
This was one of the more difficult pieces I’ve ever worked on. Art-wise I’d never illustrated so many people in one setting before, but emotionally, I don’t think I’d ever connected with the story or subjects of my art as deeply either.
I remember several times having to fight back tears as I worked with the Grandma to make everything perfect. I learned each person’s stories. Their personalities. It was a difficult, but poignant experience.
I never realized just how much of an impact my artwork could have on people, until I was blessed with the opportunity to do this joyful peace for a family going through such hurt.