...has to be a thrill of a lifetime.
Just ask Vern.
Jane took a picture of Vern and Beamer that was just awesome. Beamer apparently was checking out some cattle in the distance and Vern was getting ready to head into the trees. It was a perfect shot...great position of horse and rider, perfect lighting, and just overall great composition.
Jane had her friend Mary, an artist by profession, with her. Mary was inspired by the photograph and asked Vern's permission to create an oil painting based on the photo. There was no obligation to us to purchase...with Vern's permission, she would paint it whether we bought it or not.
One peek at Mary Weldy's site, located here, convinced us that we simply had to purchase the painting. She is an awesome artist and there is so much emotion in the work she does. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity...a perfect photo providing inspiration to an exceptional artist. A total no brainer for us...this would grace a wall in our home.
Mary completed the painting and delivered it to Vern over the weekend when they were in Southern Cali at another ride.
We are amazed...the pix she sent us of the work in progress didn't do it justice...nor did the picture I took of the painting. She has it beautifully framed although I didn't include the frame in my photo (posted with Mary's permission)...just framed it simply through Photoshop to keep the focus on the painting. I wish I could convey to you how gorgeous it is in person...how much depth there really is...and how much emotion it evokes.
This painting will be a family heirloom; hopefully it will be passed down through many generations to come.
Thank you Mary, for the beautiful work of art. Thank you Jane, for the perfect picture to provide the inspiration. You two make quite a team. And, Vern and Beamer, you certainly are totally inspirational!