|“Every time I pass
through my family room, I feel like my grandchildren are right here with
me. This is a joy. You captured their expressions and personalities
perfectly. It makes such sense to me to invest in something priceless!
No furniture, clothing or other bauble would have been such an enduring
Christmas gift as a memory recorded in a piece of artwork. Now these
kids’ grandchildren can someday enjoy it... you can’t say that about
many things a person could collect which do not last. I love it.
Thanks so much.”
|“Bill loved his surprise!
It was especially meaningful that you painted his boys in their home away
from home, the soccer field! We have all spent countless hours there,
and Bill loves the game so much... of course, not as much as he loves
Will and Jim! The portrait hangs proudly in his office. This
may be the best gift I’ve given to him since I gave him the guys!
Thank you for helping me to surprise him.”
|“It may have seemed
crazy to celebrate my 50th by commissioning a portrait of myself (!), but
I am so glad I did. Now that we’ve moved, I have a permanent reminder
of my garden and pond. Now that my sweet pet, Cricket, has passed
away, I have a permanent reminder of her. And you gave me a permanent
reminder of me which I am able to share with Johnson as a memory of this
time in our lives together. Fifty is nifty! Love you.”
|“Robin, I know people
think portraits are just for little kids, but John and I are so glad we
chose to have our 'grown-up' girls painted. They have really come
into themselves now, each with special quirks, talents and gifts.
The reason I got so teary when I first saw the finished piece is that you
caught each one’s essence and in our own backyard, a setting that symbolizes
what they most have in common: mutual love and love of family.
I am touched every time I see our portrait and we thank you so much.”
|“...and the thing
nearest to my heart is your depiction of my precious children. With
every stroke you have poured yourself into this piece and shared something
with me that spans lifetimes. You give a priceless, fragile gift—frozen
time. Time is something that I never seem to have enough of, so when
I view your picture of my boys, I feel my life at its summit, at its most
meaningful. You gave me more than you can ever know and I am certain
that others who commission your work feel the same. Much love to
|“All the Comforts
of Home is a perfect title for my portrait of Mother! I wanted
her to look as I see her now and will forever remember her, in her favorite
chair with all her 'stuff' around her. I realize this is not your
run-of-the-mill portrait, but she is one of a kind, as you know!
Mother may not understand why I would want something like this, but the
painting has become quite a conversation piece and it means the world to
me. So thanks very much for seeing my ‘vision.’”
© 2000 Robin J. Clawson. All rights reserved.