Robin- the finish of a commissioned portrait.

Robin, oil 16 x 20
I'm so pleased with this portrait. Robin was a firefighter who lost her life fighting a fire in 2008.  She left behind two little girls and loving parents. Her mother commissioned the portrait and was gracious about waiting several months for my schedule to allow me to paint Robin for her.

Robin's smile must be missed every day.  Every time I paint a portrait I feel as though I've gotten to know the person I've painted...  I spent so many hours looking into her eyes, I felt privileged to have been smiled at like that.

My love to Robin's family.

See the start of this portrait in previous post.


Becky Brocato said...

That is really beautiful, Susan. I love painting portraits also, in watercolor. And you are right, that smile is amazing.

Barbara M. said...

An amazing portrait and the story made me cry. The incredible thing about being a portrait painter is the ability to capture life on canvas, or in a drawing. This woman is so warm, and your portrait absolutely spectacular.


Marian Fortunati said...

It is so good to see your work again. It seems you are so busy with your painting and gallery that you haven't had as much time to blog.

I always love seeing what you've created!

Mary said...

This is a very nice portrait of Robin, and I have enjoyed being able to see two more of your recordings again. I really missed them.
Busy or not, you are worth waiting for. I know many of us enjoy your personal presence while painting. I now am caught-up with most of your recordings. I have laughed with you all at so many of your comments. You have made many of my evenings so enjoyable. I respect you and your art! Thank you and your friends for being there!

Laura A. said...

This portrait turned out beautifully, Susan. I like how you handled the clothes... the colors suit her very well.

PS I believe in 2nd chances!!!LOL

Sarah said...

Really well put, about having spent hours looking into her eyes. What an experience! (Nice job on the portrait, too*)

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you, Sweet Artists! I appreciate your kind comments so much.

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Vicki said...

Portrait art is so personal and this story very touching. What a privilege as a gifted artist to create this for a mourning family. Well done.
This reminds me how as artists we can touch humanity.