This painting was commissioned by a super amazing couple that we met in Chicago. They were college sweethearts that have been together 27 years. They now have two beautiful teenage children, an amazing paradise like home, and a huge collection of art. The painting was started with the idea of taking all of their favorite things in life, travel, art, their magical yard filled with it's wild animals, and their best memories. It evolved into a magical painting that takes two people and creates a mythological portrait of their own personal narrative. This personal story is filled with adventure as they travel the world tasting the finest cheeses, and drinking the best wines in France, collecting art and visiting museums in England, France, and New York City. As the cold winter months starve many of the animals that live near the wetlands behind their Garden of Eden, they set out some food for the animals to take a break and enjoy the holidays.
We took many of their best memories, mixed them together in a narrative biographical blender, added colors from the cave of the ancients, and brought their life story alive in one piece to show how truly epic their life is. It was such a joy working on this painting and it felt so good to finally deliver it these beautiful people!
On our way home we received a text message from the father. He said that his son finally arrived at the house to see the painting, and he said,
"We all agreed that it is by far the best of all that we have."