This is the first family crest request I have ever put together for a client. The family had gone and done the research with records they discovered dated back to the 1400's on what elements were included on their family crest. Also supplied to me were the specifics needed for me to recreate an accurate reproduction. These specifics include the three gold buttons on arms with sleeves of blue sitting atop the crest. Also the shield itself must feature a field of blue with stag antlers displayed on top in gold. All these elements combined created this unique image. This was a fun project to work on.
The fondest memories most people have are not always about the “big event” but the normal everyday experiences that lead up to it. As an artist my intent is to visually capture a memory and convey it. A walk, a place, a person a workplace, a gift, a meal, all little things but they are part of every ones personal life mosaic.
Each piece I produce incorporates a unique story behind its creation and each story is connected to other stories waiting to be shared and painted. That is why a lot of my work involves a series of pieces that are connected. As they are produced they unfold to tell a bigger story.
These stories are the very essence of what I paint and they continue to drive me to want to paint art that connects emotionally.
To have an impact the piece should evoke a memory, an emotion something to be lived over every time you view the art. If my work can do this than I know it is a success and a meaningful piece.