I received an interesting email and request from a "old" client last month. The collector, Michael, had purchased a painting, titled "Wildflower Rapture" from me back in 2013 that happily hung in his dining room for many years. That is, until about two years ago when it was damaged beyond repair during some renovation work in his home. He never could find just the right piece to replace it and then it dawned on him to contact me to see if I could "replicate" it.
My first response to his email was that I didn't think I could ever duplicate a painting since each one is unique. This particular piece was an early work, mostly palette knife and painted in about 2007. But I told him I was up for the challenge and I'd see what I could do. As with any commission I accept, I let him know that once it was done, if he loved it, it was his. If not, I would add it to my inventory/portfolio.
We emailed back and forth for the next week, nailed down the size and discussed framing options. Once I completed the painting and sent photos for first approval, Michael made a trip to my studio in Wimberley to see it in person. He loved it. I worked with a local framing shop and we were able to pick out a "floater" frame that would enhance the work without distracting from the overall power and abstract feel of the painting.
I varnished the painting the next week and, once dry, took it over to the frame shop for framing. David and I delivered and installed the painting yesterday.
This turned out to be an amazingly satisfying project and Michael was such a pleasure to work with. The first two photos here are of the original "Wildflower Rapture." The other four are of the new painting.
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